Our church is being encouraged this year to read some selected portions of the Bible carefully and meditate on them and apply them. We want to let God affect us well with His Word. So to this end I was musing on “comfort zones”. We all have them ! We know we are to live by faith but sometimes launching out into the “unknown” is scary to us. We like to live life in a nice, neat place and we resist change especially when we’re content where we’re at, yet the greatest lives ever lived are those that followed God out of the comfort zones of life !! Such was the life of that great man of faith, Abraham. As Moses recorded for us what’s come to be known as the “Abrahamic Covenant”, look at these familiar verses: “Now the Lord has said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing.” (Gen.12:1-2).
Abraham lived in a city that was on the cutting edge of societal living. It was safe, offered many luxuries to him, his family was all there and yet God called him to a new yet unidentified place. “Oh, don’t worry Abraham once you get a move on I will clue you in, trust Me !” And as the patriarch pulled up stakes and started on his faith trek imagine what he must’ve thought as he lifted left sandal, then right, left, then right – “Ok, Lord, I’m out of my confort zone now, so where are we going? Are we there yet?”
But Abraham had something solid. He didn’t have the slick promises of some earthly businessman but the sure oath of the God of all the universe !! When God lets come into your life circumstances that “threaten” to wrest you out of your comfort zone, rest assured it will all turn out good. It sure did for Abraham, didn’t it? And yes, along the way, he did learn some great lessons. He did not always exercise the best of faith but through everything he was molded into a great, great man of faith and opened himself up for God’s choicest blessings – and so will YOU ! So what changes are looming on your horizon? Relax and trust God each step of the way. Like Abraham, you too have the tried and true promises of God so walk by them each moment especially when you feel a little anxious. Remember, He wants to bless you and make you a blessing as He did with Abraham !!!! Sometimes, the comfort zone is all that’s keeping us from something really great happening, so don’t be afraid, find your comfort in Him, He will never fail you !!