Many of us have had it so good that we have started looking for heaven on earth. We have lost any sort of pilgrim attitude. It’s all a matter of perspective. If you think that God has promised this world to be a five-star hotel, you will be miserable as you live through the normal struggles of life. But if you remember that God promised we would be pilgrims and this world may feel more like a desert or even a prison, you might find your life surprisingly happy.
Faith in Jesus does not guarantee that everything will go our way. Look at Hebrews 11, the chapter sometimes called the faith hall of fame. Consider just the first three heros mentioned in that chapter. As Bible commentator Bruce Waltke has pointed out, Able had faith and he died; Enoch had faith and he did not die; Noah had faith and everyone else died! So just having faith does not guarantee your life — or the lives of those around you — will be all candy canes and lollipops. Life isn’t always fun, and we shouldn’t expect it to be.
from Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will OR How To Make A Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, Etc. (pages 29-30)
Thanks to my pastor Sam for pointing me to this book.