If we can just get a few minutes of peaceful rest, away from all the responsibilities and challenges we face everyday, if only we can always make decisions that will not cause us to leave our comfort zone, if only we are never forced to do things that we’re not comfortable in doing.
Comfort is something we all yearn for.
But, yes there’s a but, when God asks us to follow Him on the road leading to His will, it sometimes costs us our own comforts.
I remember the story of the Israelites when they were rescued by God through Moses and led out of Egypt to go to a land flowing with milk and honey. It wasn’t an easy trip, they travelled in the wilderness for 40 years. If you’ve read the account in Exodus, the Israelites were complaining from time to time because they were tired, hungry, and thirsty. They even told Moses that it was better for them to have stayed in Egypt as captives than to die in the wilderness.
Wow! They were given their freedom out of bondage and were travelling to a place where they can start again as free men and yet, they became so comfortable in Egypt that even they were held captives, it was better for them to have stayed there than to follow God.
Other passages in the Bible wherein God asked them to leave their comfort zone to follow Him are…
1. Abraham and Sarah
Ur was a secured and beautiful place and yet God told Abraham that He will start a new nation under him, they left their home and lived on a tent.
2. Abraham and Isaac
Isaac was a miracle child if we can put it that way, Sarah was old when she bore Isaac and yet one time God asked Abraham to sacrifice this child whom he had prayed for years and also the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. He obeyed nonetheless and God honored him for that.
Noah found favor in God and so He chose him to build a huge ark for a flood they’ve never experienced before. He was ridiculed by many and yet he obeyed and was saved.
Here’s a man asked by God to minister to the people of Nineveh but decided to go to a different place instead, a much farther place–Tarshish. He was literally running away from God and His call. Nineveh is an idolatrous nation and Jonah thought that it will be better that God destroyed them instead of saving them. He wasn’t comfortable in seeing God’s mercy extended to these people.
5. Rich, young ruler
Here’s a man who has everything, the only thing he wants is salvation. The Lord Jesus Christ told him in Mark 10:21 “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me”
And he left crying because he doesn’t want to give up his possessions.
I wonder if God allows us to see ahead of time the fulfillment of His promises when He calls us out of our comfort zone , will we still hesitate to follow?
Yet it is faith that makes the journey out of our comfort zone worthwhile.
God keeps His promises and as He says in Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
So even if we think we know better, God’s way is perfect and His will is always best.
What kinds of comfort are you holding on to today?
…God calls you to be a missionary and you have to leave your home and possession behind to live in a foreign place.
…God calls you to teach and share your testimony but like Moses, you are not eloquent.
…God calls you to look for another job, a job with a lower pay but will not compromise your schedule every Sunday.
…God calls you to leave your job to focus on your raising your kids.
…God calls you to get out of a relationship with an unbeliever because it’s not His will for you and yet you love this person.
…God calls you to forgive someone who hasn’t even asked for it.
…God calls you to surrender your possessions, gadgets, money that will take your focus away from doing His will.
Whatever it is that you’re going through right now, let God do His work in your life, don’t resist, give up control over your life to the One who knows what is best for you.
We may experience hardships on the road as we follow God but remind yourself that there is no better path to travel than that which leads to God’s will.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thyright hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11