I have been seeing variations of this meme all over social media, and while the Bible does say we will have hard times, I dont necessarily agree with this meme. We as sinners saved by grace tend to make things harder on ourselves. We do what we want to do and expect no consequences. We read our Bibles, but don’t follow God’s simple instructions. We try to complicate what He says when God isn’t complicated. Think about it: Jesus hung out with prostitutes, beggars, etc. These people tended to not be educated, yet he was able to speak in a way that they understood and caused them to let go of their old ways and follow him. We are educated (many of us with college degrees or schooling beyond high school) and we STILL make excuses.
Matthew 7:13-14 says:
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
When I picture this parable and visualize it as a literal path, I see the person on the wide path being able to go anywhere they want. They can steer far to the left or right and be distracted by anything. This makes the walk with God harder. The person on the narrow path doesn’t have much to distract them and they are able to focus, so it is easier.
I am not saying that our walk with God won’t have distractions or hard times. The Bible says we will have hard times, but I think often times people make excuses and claim the Bible is too confusing or God is mean or any of those excuses as to why they aren’t following him. Any relationship we want to grow, we put time and effort into it. That is what we have to do with God. With so many resources and different versions of the Bible, “not understanding” is not an excuse.