Reconciling yourself to what you already know is, in the scheme of things, the easy part. Most people are still getting to the point where they can do that, but that is the easy part in the scheme of things.
Earnestly committing to what is yet unknown to you requires measurably more trust in God.
Jesus once had this exchange regarding two of the apostles:
21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.This is a very interesting story. Here, like us, the two disciples were vaguely aware that something more was available from God than their current experience. Jesus said they had not yet done what was necessary to attain those experiences. They asked Jesus to provide a path to obtaining them, and claimed they were ready. Jesus said, in effect, you have no idea what you are asking, and you are going to be surprised by just how hard it is.
22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. (Matthew 20)
We are quick to ask for that which we are not prepared for. However, in his mercy, the Lord will put us on the path to obtaining it. Most will quit far before what they seek is obtained. They will find that it was not as they expected, that the cost is too high, that it is too difficult, that it takes too much time, that it is too embarrassing.
When Moses saw God, he was surprised by how taxing the experience was:
9 And the presence of God withdrew from Moses, that his glory was not upon Moses; and Moses was left unto himself. And as he was left unto himself, he fell unto the earth.Those who are wise will regularly take time to imagine what God could ask of you. The scriptures are replete with examples of what he has asked of others. It is good to use these examples to prepare your heart for what might be coming. It is a wonderful way to accelerate your progress by revealing holes in your faith before the time of testing comes. Those who do not prepare themselves in this way are far more likely to fail when a test comes, and be forced to wait until God extends a second opportunity. There is always a penalty in time, and life is only so long. Those who are more prepared will accelerate in light and truth far beyond their peers who are not prepared.
10 And it came to pass that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength like unto man; and he said unto himself: Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.
11 But now mine own eyes have beheld God; but not my natural, but my spiritual eyes, for my natural eyes could not have beheld; for I should have withered and died in his presence; but his glory was upon me; and I beheld his face, for I was transfigured before him. (Moses 1)
Those who practice this exercise of preparing their heart will still face unexpected challenges. In fact, it absolutely amazes me just how surprised you can be by what God asks you to do even if you have dedicated yourself to preparing to obey anything he asks. It is so surprising to me that I consider it one of the greatest miracles of the gospel.
And yet, it makes total sense. Gospel progression is about learning what you had never before supposed. That is the whole point. While I lament at how few people get to the point of surprise, because they never reconcile themselves to what is commonly and openly available, I find this aspect of the gospel truly awesome in the literal sense. It causes me to awe and to look with trepidation at what God means when he says:
And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them; (Abraham 3:25)