DayBreaks for 10/05/15 – Don’t Get Too Comfortable
From the DayBreaks archive, 2015:
A year ago for my birthday, my wife and kids got me a hammock. We live on the side of a hill that overlooks the world famous Alexander Valley – famous for the vineyards and wine that comes from the area. I’ve got to tell you the truth – in the afternoon when there’s a nice breeze coming up from the valley, it’s VERY comfortable to lay out there in the hammock with the Bible or a good book and read. In fact, it can be too comfortable – it’s too easy to fall asleep.
I guess we were designed to like comfort and to be comfortable. Given our druthers, most of us would rather be comfortable than uncomfortable. (There are a few who would rather climb a 2000 foot vertical rock face instead of lay around in a hammock, but I’ve concluded that those people are probably crazy!) One of the things that makes us comfortable is predictability. When we know what to expect, we can relax because we aren’t worried about things that take us by surprise or that go bump in the night.
While we may seek comfort (a relaxed, casual, non-alarmed state) I seriously doubt that God wants us to be that way. Over and over again we’re cautioned to stay alert, be awake, be watchful, to keep our lamps trimmed and bright. Why? Because God is not the God of the comfortable. We may even quote the verse about God being “the same yesterday, today and tomorrow” and we’d be right. But there’s a big difference between what God is (His unchangeable nature) and the things that God may do. A rather casual glance at Scripture shows us a God who is chock-full of surprises: He inhabits pillars of fire and cloud, sends an earthquake to shake up the complacent, sends windstorms so strong that they rend the very rocks, hails fire down from the sky, makes an animal talk to an abusive master, piles up the Red Sea like curtains and then surprised everyone by appearing as a baby in a manger who later on will die as a criminal on a cross. If there’s one thing about God that’s certain, it’s this: you can’t really follow Him for very long and remain comfortable. He’ll do something the stir you out of your lethargy.
Maybe you’ve been getting a little too comfortable. You can do it by pulling back from any and all ministries, by not using your giftedness for the benefit of the Kingdom. It’s easy to do – we all love an easy chair! Just don’t get too comfortable.
PRAYER: Keep us from the mistake of thinking we know what You will do or when you will do it. Don’t let us grow fat and complacent with our relationship and walk with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>