DayBreaks for 9/24/19: Armchairs and Earthquakes
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2009:
Do you have a favorite armchair that has grown accustomed to your shape and form – a place you like to sit (or recline, if you’re lucky) and just veg? I have one. It’s in our front room and from there I can watch TV, plug in my notebook and surf the internet, process email, read, study, write or listen to music. I am very fond of this chair (as is my dog, Casper, who likes to crawl up on my lap, especially if I pop out the footrest and get really comfortable!)
Armchairs are great. They are made for one purpose and one purpose only: to make you comfortable. Ya gotta love ‘em!
There are, however, drawbacks to armchairs. For all their comfort, the greatest danger is that they’ll make us too comfortable. I can fritter away an entire afternoon sitting in my chair entertaining myself instead of cleaning out the garage, washing the car, doing some yard work or even washing the dishes! All of those things need to be done, but when I’m all comfortable in my chair, I seem to lack motivation to get up and do any of those things that might even remotely resemble work!
Still, I’m convinced that God doesn’t begrudge us some relaxation and comfort. In fact, I’m sure He doesn’t. After all, one of the names for the Messiah and the Spirit is “Comforter.” That being said, it is true that God doesn’t want us to get too comfortable – at least not with things of this earthly life.
It is easy to sit in our armchairs and pontificate. We can wax eloquent on politics or the latest world events. We can speak with great passion about the needs of the orphans and hungry. We can talk and give lots of facts about the plight of those living in the third world and what should be done to make their existence better. It’s easy to sit in an armchair and talk about important things…but it’s even easier to do nothing BUT talk about them.
We need to consider that our God is the kind of God who is alive and who is not hesitant to take action, who shakes the earth from its place (Job 9:6) from time to time. It seems that it is His penchant to shake the earth around us particularly when we get too comfortable in our armchair. And when He does, our armchair shakes right along with it. The question then becomes, what will we do when that happens? What will become of all those trite and quaint sayings we have about God as we sit in our comfy chair? Will they change? Will they turn to accusations or recriminations?
I’ve lived through numerous earthquakes in my many years of living in California. I don’t enjoy them, but I will confess that they get your attention and make you pay attention. We should be grateful for the earthquakes of life, for those times when God shakes us out of our comfort induced, sleepy haze. It may be uncomfortable and stir us up – but more often than not, that’s precisely what we need!
PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for not letting us grow too comfortable that we forget our responsibilities and fail to serve You or others! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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