Profiting From the Path of Most Resistance

Profiting From the Path of Most Resistance
Profiting From the Path of Most Resistance
 Excerpt from Profiting From the Path of Most Resistance

When You Don’t Like Paths of Most Resistance                  God, what’s wrong with you?  Why don’t you heal me? Those angry questions in 1968 revealed my total distaste for the path of most resistance.  I can’t lose my driver’s license and still pastor a church.  What’s going to happen to me?

A few days after raising my fist toward heaven and angrily shouting at the Lord, I faltered once again.  As I sat inside our small mobile home, discouragement saturated me with despondency.  Suddenly, I reached for my Bible, flung it against the wall, and shouted, “God, your promises aren’t true!”  Immediately, I ran across the room, picked up the Bible I so loved, and hugged it to my chest.  “I love you, God, but I’m so angry.  Why aren’t you helping me?”  Tears gushed from my eyes, and sobs welled up from my inmost being.

God just kept loving me!

God loved me before the creation of the world.  He is love—eternal, infinite love. Love motivated all His decisions regarding my physical condition. The birth defect which placed me upon the path of most resistance served God’s loving purposes for me.

“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb,” Psalm 139:13.   “This is what the Lord says—He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you,” Isaiah 44:2.  “Listen to me…you whom I have upheld since you were conceived and have carried since your birth,” Isaiah 46:3.  “He…formed me in the womb to be His servant,” Isaiah 49:5.  God was not absent when blind spots developed on my retina.  He saw how much I could profit from the path of most resistance.

I wanted so desperately to walk the path of least resistance.  I could not imagine any benefit in difficulties, trials, and disappointments.  Nevertheless, the One who loves us with infinite love wisely chose a physical handicap for me that proved to be my best friend.

“Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish.  In your unfailing love you kept me from the pit of destruction,” Isaiah 38:17.

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4 thoughts on “Profiting From the Path of Most Resistance”

  1. Hi Pastors James and Delores, I love your new Page and the ability to make a comment. Your ministry of scriture helps us like you to keep focused on unshakeable truths when everything is falling a part. Blessings, John and Deb Sims

  2. Brenda Revett

    What a blessing to share these experiences Pastor Fields. God is the author of our lives and I stand in awe at how he uses what we assume are our faults for his benefit…I look forward to hearing more.

  3. Patricia Preston-Joyce

    Dear Cousin James,

    Your post about your visual birth defect really puts things into perspective; you may not have persued Jesus for His love had you not been given “..the path of most resistance’, and He may never have given you such a wonderful wife as Delores. Sometimes, I ask myself where I would be today if such and such hadn’t happened to me. When I became Born Again, the verse I was led to memorize was Romans 8:28. As with most, the very first verse was John 3:16. I love your blog..great idea for the Lord.

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