Is Following God’s Will Easy?
The easiest thing you will do in life is follow God. “No, Lord” is a contradiction that leads to mistakes and sin. Now I’m sure that you are thinking something like; “The world is so full of temptations and pressures and following God seems not to be the easiest thing for me to do; so how in the world does Victor think following God is the easiest thing I can do in life?”
Where I found that following God is the easiest thing to do in my life is that I kept running into a winding long road to a dead-end doing everything on my own and doing it my way. At that dead-end, I found that I had become a person I didn’t want to be near. I had drawn up so many little lies and personalities to keep track of and all were dependent upon who I was with and where I was that I had become lost in a huge lie that I was continuing to tell myself. This lie to myself told me that I was actually the most important thing in the world; more so important than anyone around me and seeing that I was leaving God out of my plans and life, more important than Him too.
At the point in which I had drawn up a plan to murder one of the people who murdered my dad and had contemplated it for a while working out some more details; did I finally come to the realization that life isn’t all about me. I during thinking through the murder I had planned came to a point in which I asked myself a very serious yet extremely simple question. My honestly answering this simple question I asked myself turned my thinking around 180 degrees. That question was, “Why am I doing this?” At that point, I remembered what I had been taught so many years before that vengeance is God’s and not mine and so I didn’t follow through with my plans (Romans 12:19; Hebrews 10:30).
It took a while longer (years) before I could actually pray for the salvation of those involved in my dad’s murder and it also took a while longer for me to get over many other selfish acts that I had made habitual. It was however at that point that I started being me and just me meaning that I was no longer acting differently with people although it was tough to do at first, the more I asked myself, “Why am I doing this?” the easier it got and when I started asking, “God, why am I doing this?” it got even easier for me to be just me because God would answer me and make it clear that it isn’t about me, it’s all about Him.
Now God's promise for us is that the easiest thing we will do in life is follow Him (Matthew 11:28-30). Us saying to Him, “No, Lord” is a contradiction to that promise that leads us to mistakes and sin (John 8:34). Please do not mistake my posting this as me being able to follow God’s will and promise perfectly nor as it the easiest thing for me to do because as with you, pressures and temptations of the world and even family and friends are sometimes against it being easy for me to do. I am not perfect and being imperfect there are times when I still find myself saying, “No, Lord” only to find myself on a path to another dead-end. But I’ve found that God has shortened the time I spend on that path to the dead-end because I have taught myself to hear and listen to His calling and asking me, “Victor, why are you doing this?” and I feel His love and concern for me drawing me back to doing His will and reminding me that it’s all about Him, and not about me.
My knowing that my life is all about God rather than about me, makes it easier for me to follow Him. Though remember that in our following our Lord Christ Jesus, we are not promised an easy path to follow (Luke 14:27), just that the path with which we choose to follow that leads to our Lord God, is a much easier and safer path than our own path which leads us away from God.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." – Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)