I have heard some claim that if you follow Jesus, all your problems will be solved and life will become an idyllic and blissful existence.
While I suppose that could be the case, I don’t reach that conclusion when I read my Bible.
In one of the more obscure passages, this is shown figuratively in The Song of Songs.
Twice, overcome in desperation to be with her lover (the king), the girl makes an ill-advised nighttime foray into the dark to find him. Both times, she encounters watchmen. The first occurs without incident, but the second time she is mistreated by them. The degree of abuse is unclear, but it could be understood as severe.
Just as she is willing to risk much to be with the king she loves, so to do God’s followers take risks to be with the King they love.
And if we truly love him, no risk is too great.