Becoming Too Comfortable Devotion
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10: 28
It was a Sunday afternoon, and I was walking down the steps with my then four-year-old daughter. Her arms were full to the brim with all the toys she planned to play with, and she was having a hard time seeing the stairs below her to exit safely. I explained to her that she did not need all those toys to be happy, but it did not make a difference to her. She was convinced she needed them and refused to leave even one behind. After a few frustrated moments on both our parts, she finally relinquished the toys to me and made it to the bottom safely.
Just like my daughter, we often try to hold tight to the things that we feel will make us comfortable. Sometimes it’s our schedule, our money, our time, material possessions, or those whom we love dearly. We are unwilling to release them when God asks us to. We fear that if we let go, we will suffer. The truth is, yes, we may suffer. God never promised us a life without suffering. Trying to hold onto what we think will bring us comfort, does not assure comfort. Disobedience is never comfortable. God asks us to release these things so we can grow in our walk with Him and so we can reach others. He loves us too much to allow us to become so comfortable that we miss out on these blessings. He instructs us in Philippians 4: 11-12, to be content in all circumstances no matter what they are; as he well knew we may never be comfortable.
Matthew 10:28 reminds us that we are not to fear the things that may hurt us here on earth, but instead to fear what can destroy our soul. When Katie Davis, mother to over thirteen orphans before the age of 24, was asked if she was afraid of the deadly diseases, war and dangers around her living in Uganda, she replied, “I am running from the things that can destroy my soul: complacency, comfort, and ignorance. I am much more terrified of living a comfortable life in a self-serving society and failing to follow Jesus than I am of any illness or tragedy.” Holding on to our comforts instead of clinging to God will hurt our soul. So I ask you, where do you want to be?
Maybe you have been asking God to remove a difficulty so you can be a little more comfortable. Are you struggling with your health, finances, friendships, family, or daily work and think that if God would just fix these one or two things, your life would be so much better? Paul asked numerous times for God to remove his thorn in 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9 and God’s answer was no. Paul moved on and shared that he would boast all the more of God’s grace. Maybe it’s God’s will for you to draw near to Him and rely on His strength instead of comfortable without Him.
Dear Lord, Thank you that you love me enough to NOT allow me to find comfort in the things around me, but instead to find my comfort in you. Help me to release the things and people that you are asking me to release joyfully, and trust that you will bring me comfort in the difficult times. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Read the other devotions in this series by Monica Heffner.