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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