I read a church sign the other day that said, “Church should make us better, not comfortable.”
Naturally, we like comfort. We like comfortable clothing. We like being around people who we feel comfortable with, people we can be ourselves around. Most people don’t necessarily enjoy doing things that are out of their comfort zone. But this is exactly what God calls us to do. God doesn’t want us to stay stagnant. He wants us to trust Him and do whatever that uncomfortable step is, knowing that He is right there with us.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 ESV
There are so many instances in my life that God has called me out of my comfort zone. I will give you a somewhat recent example. My husband, Josh, can be pretty bold sometimes. I think God put him in my life to push me out of my comfort zone. He likes to pray for our waiters/waitresses when we go out to dinner. We were at Steak and Shake with a friend, and Josh suggested we should pray for our waitress. But he said, “I think you should do it, since she is a woman.” Instantly, I got some anxiety, but agreed. I set aside my own fears and anxieties, and I prayed for this woman. It really blessed her and me. She opened up to me about a situation with her daughter, and was genuinely appreciative of that small gesture. This is what it is about…being obedient, even when it is scary.
What is God calling you to do that is uncomfortable? What has God already brought you through that you didn’t think you could ever do?
My challenge for you this week is to do something uncomfortable. Ask God to walk with you through it.
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you,
O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.