The attitude that if one serves God only pleasant results will follow reveals a sentimental interpretation of the word “love” (whereas the love of God is strong and powerful). It also shows that one has not faced the facts of history. What about Christ? God certainly guided him – and that guidance led to the cross. What of the apostles – one has only to read Acts to see that physical hardship, deprivation, and imprisonment all resulted from being true to the guidance of God.
Source: “According to Love”