i think the exact opposite, but could not find the “does not equal” sign, so i thought i would just use the “equal” sign to get you to keep reading.
i think that our society pushes comfort as the ultimate goal …
oh if i could just have this much money to _____ (ie be comfortable)
oh if i could just get that job to have enough off time to _____ (ie be comfortable)
and most wonder why they never seem to be content … with the money and free time
because we try to use it as our spiritual nourishment and it never sustains us.
once we reach one threshold, we create another.
the only sustaining grub for our souls: “is to do the will of him who sent me,” (john 4:34)
to feast on the Word,
to rely on his provision through prayer.
the most satisfying thing in our lives is to be in tune with the will of our Father for our individual lives.
because He created us, loves us, and knows what is absolutely best for us…
we don’t know what is best for us.
we try to pretend like we know better
and try to find contentment elsewhere,
and we are let down (eternally) every time.
we might achieve a temporary high,
followed by a crushing let down every time.
after two months of doing the same thing, same pattern, searching for comfort, i came home empty.
now that i am very uncomfortable, i have never been more content because i am having to rely more on Him and less on me, every day.
is it easy? no
is it fun? not always
does it look normal to the world? for sure no
is it worth it? every second, every tear, every lost hair, every blood drop, and every dollar missed is worth it.
it takes me back to a quote from francis chan in his book, “crazy love”
lukewarm people do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to.
do you want to feel a closeness to God like you never have before?
then situate your life so that the only option is for God to provide … like never before.
do you agree?
do you have any experiences that support or oppose this idea?