‘Noah did everything just as God commanded him.’ Genesis 6:22 NIV
The blessings of God can complicate your life. Don’t miss this. When God complicates your life, it’s not a curse, it’s a blessing. Complications are evidence of God’s blessing in your life. You could say if something in your life is from God, then it’s a holy complication.
One reason people get frustrated on their spiritual journey is they think that life should get easier when they begin to follow Jesus. While a saving faith in God brings you purpose and meaning to our life, things don’t always get easier. In fact, life often gets harder. Life doesn’t get less complicated as a follower of Jesus, it gets more complicated.
We all need to come to terms with this two-sided truth: The blessings of God won’t just bless you; they will also complicate your life. Sinful choices and spiritual warfare will always complicate your life in negative ways. In contrast, the blessings of God will complicate your life in positive ways.
Plain and simple: Blessing complicates things. So often, we want a blessing but we moan about the complications that come with it. In a lot of ways, that’s been me in this latest season of my life. I’ve experienced the tremendous blessing of God but have experienced the complications it has brought with it.
But you know what, I thank God for complicating my life.
As I reflect on this year, it has been a year of complication. The vision God has given me has taken longer and been harder than I ever imagined. Noah in the Bible offered me a reality check at this time. If a decade sounds like a long time to patiently pursue a God-ordained passion, try more than ten!
Noah built the first boat that was ever built and it’s not like it came with an instruction manual. It took an incredible amount of faith to build the ark. Who builds a boat in the desert? Who hammers away for over 100 years on something they might not even need? Who places their entire future on something that has never happened before? According to Jewish tradition, Noah didn’t just start building the ark. He planted trees first. After they were fully grown, he cut down the trees, sawed them into planks and built the boat. And here’s an interesting piece of information: not until the late nineteenth century did a ship that size get constructed again. Yet that design ratio is still considered the golden mean for stability during storms at sea.
Noah built the ark because God commanded it. It’s what he was called to do in life. Sawing planks and hammering nails for him was an act of obedience. And when everything was said and done, it was the longest act of obedience recorded in Scripture. From start to finish, Noah’s one act of obedience took tens of thousands of days! And with each daily act of obedience, he glorified God.
It’s amazing what God can do if we just keep hammering away year after year! We tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a year, but we underestimate what God can accomplish in a decade. Success is not just about getting where God wants us to go, it’s about who we become in the process. It’s crossing the finish line the way the apostle Paul did: ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful’ (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT).
Obedience takes place step by step and keep going one day at a time. The trouble is, we want God to reveal the second step before we take the first step of faith. But until we take the first step, He won’t reveal the next step. We’ve got to be obedient to the measure of revelation he has given us, if we want more of it. That’s why we get stuck spiritually. We only want to follow Christ to the point of precedence – the place where we have been before – but no farther. We’re afraid of doing what we’ve never done before because it’s unfamiliar territory. So we leave unclaimed the new gifts, new anointing and new dreams God wants to give us.
In God’s eyes, small acts of obedience are big things. When we joyfully do little things like they are big things, then God will do big things like they are little things. That’s how His Kingdom advances.
My point? Blessings will complicate your life, but they will complicate your life in ways that God wants it complicated.
What about you? Is your life getting complicated? Turns out, you might just be experiencing the blessing of God.