We always take the easiest route possible. Not so, with God. As his children were enroute to the Promised Land, we read this: “God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land” (Exodus 13:17).
Recovery is the road less traveled because it is the road less easy. We are wired to avoid difficulties at all cost. But sometimes, affliction is a good thing.
Mark Altrogge, senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Indiana, Pennsylvania, suggests seven things affliction does for us:
- Drives us to prayer
- Produces humility
- Deepens reliance on God
- Brings comfort from God
- Builds compassion for others
- Produces endurance
- Reminds us this world is not our home
Recovery Step: Trade in the easy road to nowhere for the difficult road to recovery.