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Are You Comfortable?

HammockAre you comfortable where you are in life right now? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Too often we get comfortable and that turns into complacency. It’s never God’s plan for us remain at one level for very long.

We can see this illustrated in the lives of the Israelites. When they were on their way to the promised land, they stopped in the shade of a mountain as God directed. But not long after that, the Word of the Lord came to Moses.

The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”
Deuteronomy 1:6

Mountaintops are great! It’s one of my favorite parts of hiking. To stand on a mountain or ridge top and survey the vast beauty all around me makes the entire climb worth it. I wish I could stay there forever just taking in the scene before me.

It’s like that in our Christian walk as well. When we’re going through challenging times, we want to be done with it quickly. We have no problem moving on to an easier time of life.

But when we arrive at a spiritual high, we’d like it to go on forever. It’s easy to just sit back and enjoy the blessings of God. We’d like to just put our lives on “auto-pilot” and cruise along undisturbed.

One of the reasons I like mountains in the natural, is that the mountaintop brings a kind of clarity. You can see where you came from and where you’re going. This view gives you an understanding of the area that is unobtainable any other way.

Unfortunately, no matter how good the view is, there comes a time when I have to move on. Life is the same. There are events that you never want to stop. They’re like being up on a mountaintop.

What we have to learn is that the valleys of life are just as important. That’s why we need to regularly take stock of our lives. You need to ask yourself if it’s time to be moving on in some area.

God desires to see growth in His people. The accompanying truth is that growth means change. I can’t move on to the new places God wants to bring me, if I don’t leave the comfortable place I’m in now.

Every so often the Holy Spirit gives us a nudge. “You’ve been here long enough. It’s time to move on.”

It’s on the mountaintops of life that God gives clear vision and renewed strength for the valleys. But we need to cultivate an attitude that desires all that God has planned for us. That helps us to be ready when the call to move on comes our way.

Spend some time taking inventory of your life. Receive what God has for you today – and move on with His Spirit.

Question: What is the spiritual movement that God is working in you right now?

© Nick Zaccardi 2016

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Called Back to Egypt

Exodus 4:19-20
Now the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who wanted to kill you are dead.”  So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey and started back to Egypt.  And he took the staff of God in his hand.

Moses had been away from his adopted home in Egypt for a long while.  But in this time of his life, God was calling him to go back.  He had a mission from God – to set his people free.  Even so, it still required a wilderness journey.

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to leave a comfortable place.  Many people have had to move for various reasons.  I have had to make a move a few times.  It’s not that tough to pack up and fill boxes.  But when the moving truck is all loaded and you are looking into an empty house or apartment – a subtle transformation occurs.

Suddenly, without warning, the place that you’ve called home for this part of your life is no longer yours.  Now you’re on the road and headed for a new destination.

We may be very content where our life is right now.  Then, when God calls us to a higher level, we can never be satisfied this way again.  Remember that we need to be a people who are packed and ready to go.  This world is not our home and the things of this world will never truly fulfill us.

When you go before the Lord today reiterate to Him your total commitment to following His path for your life – no matter where it leads.  Thank Him for your destiny in Him.  Then be open and listening for any course changes He may speak to you this day.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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