The Lord’s ways have always been challenging for people to follow.
(Ex. 3:11) But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?”
(Jer. 11:3-4) “and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “Cursed is the man who does not heed the words of this covenant” ... , 'Listen to My voice, and do according to all which I command you; so you shall be My people, and I will be your God,'”
God often provided victory and blessings by empowering a few who had faith rather than leading with a crowd.
(1 Sam. 14:6) “Then Jonathan said to the young man” ... , “Come and let us cross over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; perhaps the LORD will work for us, for the LORD is not restrained to save by many or by few.”
The sinful ways of the world will always be more popular than the moral ways of God.
(John 3:19) “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.”
The powerful, rich and well-connected of this world are not likely to be interested in the true gospel.
(1 Cor. 1:26) “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;”
People will often be more interested in making up their own religious ways to please themselves rather than following the instructions of the Lord.
(2 Tim. 4:3) “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,”
Those who want to please men will not be pleasing to God and those who want to please God will not be pleasing to men.
(Gal. 1:10) For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?” ... “If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
- Tim Orbison