The Monday Morning Spirit that I want to speak into this week is the desire to be COMFORTABLE! Something happened last night that opened my eyes to how this devilish desire to be comfortable has eroded the fabric of this gnarled culture. As I was going through my rountines before retiring to the bedroom I checked the a/c thermostat. We like it around 68 degrees at night. And to my horror it showed 78 degrees! We never set it above 71 or 72 degrees. Oh, dear! The A/C wasn’t working.
Here in lovely Fayette County, Alabama we are under a heat advisory. I knew it was going to be a long and uncomfortable night. I gathered up extra fans to help a little. Still, it was going to be uncomfortable. Well, as you can clearly discern, I have survived not having a/c last night. And I knew that this morning that brilliant and wonderful a/c technician would arrive, find the problem, and get the a/c working again!
Still, it was uncomfortable. And in this current culture people are choosing to be comfortable over being uncomfortable. And who wouldn’t? But to grow in maturity, and to grow into what God designed us to be, it requires, from time to time, seasons of being uncomfortable. So many of us live under the deception that life is meant to be comfortable. Well, it would be–had Adam and Eve done the one thing they were supposed to do! They had one job–and failed. And so do we. Thus the consequences of THE Fall by Adam and Eve continues and multiplies in our times.
Now, I want to raise your hackles! We don’t need to be comfortable!!! “Just hold on to your horses, Preachman! That ain’t so! Didn’t Jesus promise us we would comfortable if we follow Him?” Well. . . . . He didn’t! He promised us some thing better than being comfortable; He promised us Comfort! “Dang it, Preacherman, ain’t that what I just said?”
You said Jesus would make us comfortable. What Jesus promises is Comfort! “Dagnabbit, Preacherman! You’re talking like a used car salesman and a politician mashed up into one!” And alas, the problem is revealed. We think that being comforted is that same thing as being comfortable. Comfortable means feeling at ease. Can you see another word in that word “ease”? It’s easy. No, the word is EASY! We want life to be EASY, and thus, we want God to make it EASY! But easy isn’t where the glory is found. Peter, who knew a lot about being uncomfortable, wrote in his letter 1 Peter chapter 4, verses 12 and 13:
Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. (meaning He is supposed to be making life easy) Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.From The Message; (emphasis mine)
Better than making us comfortable, God offers us Comfort! And the Comfort means that He is right there with us–more than just a presence–but He is with us with all of His wisdom and power! So, get over wanting to be comfortable, and seek after His Comfort. And remember that being uncomfortable is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. Hear those last 6 words again and allow them to sink in: with glory just around the corner!
When we seek Comfort over being comfortable, then we can say: Good! Lord, it’s Monday! What shall we do together?