I like my air conditioner in the summer and my heavy down comforter in the winter. I like my clothes clean, a shower every morning, and knowing that if I’m hungry there is always food available. I like to be comfortable. I like to be satisfied.
But lately I’ve been thinking that there is a danger to being comfortable: to being too satisfied. That sense of comfort, that sense of satisfaction whispers to us to be content–that this is all there is.
It makes us content to hold to the status quo rather than seeking hard after God. It makes us not want to let go of this world.
I get grumpy when the storms come and toss my little boat about. I don’t like it when there is too much month left over at the end of the pay check or when people I care about are sick. I hate it when I struggle with loneliness. These things leave me anything but satisfied and comfortable. In fact, they often make me angry and resentful.
I have a friend who is sixteen years older than I am. Like me, she has never been married and never had kids. Once she told me that while these are things she longs for, she chooses to trust God that for whatever reason He is using her singleness to make her more like Him.
What if we saw the challenges of our lives like my friend? What if we saw them as things to refine us rather than break us?
In Psalm 84:10 (NIV) , the psalmist writes,
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than dwell in
the tents of the wicked.
Oh, how I wish that my heart could reverberate that every minute of every day! But I know I am tempted by the thousand to one. Too often in my short sightedness, I see the challenges of following hard after God — the things required, the tools He uses to sand off my rough edges, the fire needed to refine me — and look at what I have and say, “Tomorrow, I will follow hard after God.” Sometimes it just seems like too much to give up. I want to be satisfied, comfortable.
But my challenge is to see God in the loneliness, to see God in the losses, to see God in the struggles and know that no matter what the world promises, only God can satisfy. So, today I am forgoing something I’ve been saving for. Not that it is wrong to save and the item would be fun and satisfying. But my comfort is not at the forefront of God’s concern. My character is. So, I’m turning that money over to Him. I’m choosing Him instead of my temporal comfort.
How do you see the comforts of your life as dangerous?
What challenge are you facing t
hat you struggle to see God’s hand in? Ask Him to show himself to you.
What would it mean for you to follow hard after God in a practical way?
Jesus, make me more like you.