Comfort zones are well-named and they may be addictive or unhealthy. God may want us to leave them for His perfect purposes. Let’s be willing to do so.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Our comfort zones
I recently spent two weeks away from home to help in a family emergency. The abrupt, unexpected event pushed me out of my usual routine, forcing me to make a few changes. My diet differed, as did my sleeping habits. I lost my days of total quietness and the convenience of spending time with familiar people. My to-do list of appointments and events flew out the window.
Be assured that I was thankful to leave my routine for the sake of family. When I think about others who are forced to change their habits suddenly, I consider mine as miniscule.
All of us are pushed out of our comfort zones at times. The Bible shows us many examples. Abraham, for instance, left family, friends and home to follow God’s command to travel to an unknown place. Joshua, comfortable under Moses’ leadership for years, found himself pushed into mind-boggling situations after Moses died and he had to take control of millions of rebellious people.
How did they, and a host of others, make such drastic changes from their comfortable circumstances? How do we? How else, but with God’s help? Joshua is a perfect example. “Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.” (Deuteronomy 34:9)
Even so, Joshua must have felt scared and inept, because the Lord repeatedly exhorted him to buck up. “I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage … that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you.” (Joshua 1:6-7) God continued His encouraging words, reminding Joshua to remain close to Him and His Word.
He does the same with us. Through our daily study and meditation of His Word, the Lord will not only ease the times we’re forced to leave our comfort zones, He will encourage us to leave them. When we choose to do so, we will bless the Lord, strengthen our faith in Him and be an example to others.
Lord, thank You for Your Word which encourages us to leave our comfort zones to help others. Cause us to be ready and willing to do whatever you want us to do for the sake of Your glory and the drawing of others to Your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.