Two Strange Opposites

... because a wide door for effective ministry has opened for me—yet many oppose me.
— 1 Corinthians 16:9

Here are two things that seem to be in conflict with each other: opportunity and opposition. But they're not. We think sometimes when our efforts are met with opposition--when it seems we are pushing the bus uphill, and it's hard--that this must not be God's plan. 

Wrong! Just because something is hard does not mean we have missed God's will. It just means it is hard... and hard is good! Pushing against resistance builds strength. We need that... otherwise we become soft. 

So don't shy away from something just because the going is tough. There are still many good things ahead. 

When we pursue a door of opportunity that opens for us we should expect the devil to oppose. In fact, without opposition I don't know that it's God's will!