Comfort is about contentment. I am going to be authentic and vulnerable here… I’m not a content person. Part of me was wired that way, part is influenced by the culture I grew up in, and part is even down to the culture of the United States we live in.
Let us start with the “why” on my un-contentedness. As Americans, we are told to expect that life is always supposed to get better. Each election cycle (at national and state levels) asks the question for the voters about the incumbent: “Is your life better today than it was two or four years ago? If so, re-elect; if not, elect new.” We are culturally trained to seek “better.” Even looking to the future, our surface-level dreams for our children and grandchildren are usually surrounding the idea that we want them to have a “better America” than what we have had.
This brings me to my upbringing. I grew up as an affluent child; an only child at that. We sought to have the best things: that best priorities, education, hobbies, and vacations. We traveled to the ends of this great country for summer vacations and also became avid horseback riders. As I reflect on my childhood, I can see where I have some of the same preferences for my own life and family. Today, young adults want what their parents had NOW! The desire for the three-car garage, 3,500 sq. ft. home by the 30-year-old when their parents didn’t get that until their 50s (or ever) is a real-deal reality.
Jesus’s followers have a calling not to chase comfort and the best life physically with the best worldly possessions. In the book 1 John, the term “world” is used 16 times. Any time we put possessions, people, or ideal above God, it is simply idolatry. And yet, whilst we are not called to chase comfort, we are called to be comforted.
The Word of God must be our comfort. It is so important for us to read the scriptures, daily — one verse, one chapter, one book at a time, open an app or the bible itself and read God’s Word each day. Remember that we have one another. We are on a journey together and must not chastise each other when we fail to seek our comfort in God. Instead, remember that we are fellow children in need of one another and set your intentions to come together to seek comfort from God each day.
Goin from “chasing” carrots to “choosing” God, is an intentional pursuit of Godly wisdom and ways. God leads us to comfort one another through the challenges around us. We are comforted to know that God has entrusted to us exactly what we have, and what we need, in each moment. When we rest in the call to be faithful where we are right now, we can stop “chasing” and start churning our lives and others lives toward true Transformation.
Faithfulness to God and to what He has provided will allow God to open new doors of opportunity greater and grander than we can imagine when it is the perfect time for us, others, and His kingdom’s glory.
Today, I find myself praying to God to make me uncomfortable and to lead me where I may not naturally want to go… I rely upon Him to provide greater things than I can imagine, envision, or dream. I have courage in His protection, provision, and presence. Authentically, I’m not always going to stop chasing the proverbial carrot… Still, I am cognizant of the reality that it will never leave me satisfied. May God continue to be generous with grace toward me, and may I be generous with love abundantly for others as well.
– Pastor Greg
About the Author
Pastor Greg Griffith
Pastor Greg Griffith is Lead Pastor of King of Kings Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He’s also the host of the Greg Griffith Leadership Podcast, which features monthly encouragement and leadership advice for leaders at home, the workplace, and the Church.