So put yourself in the shoes of Mary the mother of Jesus when one day an angel appears and declares you to be “highly favored!” Fast forward 9 months later and you find yourself much with child, traveling for many miles on the back of a donkey in the Palestinian heat. Arriving at your destination, you realize every place to stay is booked up and end up giving birth to the Holy Child in a dirty stable? How do you go from an angelic visitation to riding on a donkey? Aren’t things supposed to go a little smoother for someone who is walking in the will of God?
Every follower of Christ will at some point hit the wall in their faith and begin to wonder things like this. You’ll find yourself asking honest questions like – If God wants me to live holy, why is it so hard? If God wants my marriage to be blessed, and my kids to follow Him, why does it seem so difficult sometimes?
Scripture gives us answers to this why, and we talked about it this past Sunday.