January 8, 2014
"To Obey God, Let Go!"
“When the wise men had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt where he stayed until the death of Herod.” Matthew 2: 13 – 15a NIV
Joseph and Mary had to let a lot of things go because of their faith journey. They left everything behind when the word came to move to Egypt. In one sense they were sacrificing their comfort at the deepest level.
It is often uncomfortable to trust God and follow His plan because we get comfortable with the wrong things. We get comfortable with our habits and rituals, the things that get us stuck where we are instead of getting us where God wants us to go.
If you commit your health to God, it might mean having to give up some of your favorite foods. If you commit your finances to God, it might mean cutting back on your spending.
Those decisions may be uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable to face fear. It’s uncomfortable to go to a new place or to forgive someone who has hurt you. But growth and change always come through doing those types of uncomfortable things and that’s what’s good in it.
If we don’t face those fears, we continue to hold onto something that makes us feel comfortable and end up turning our back on God who is the source of comfort. I invite you in this year to recognize that God is the God of all comfort.
In those moments when you want to turn back to those old habits, the old ways of thinking and doing, turn to God and say, “God, give me your comfort.”
Peace in the Lord,
Posted on Thu, January 9, 2014
by Marie Blair