Last night at during a bible study meeting, our group discussed “comfort zones.” It triggered a thought within me, “Just what are my comfort zones that I need to break free from?” You see, we all have areas in our life that we feel safe, seemingly happy and comfortable. We all have places or things we do because they seem to give us joy or they just make us feel at home. The problem is when we don’t ever break out of our comfort zone – are we really doing God’s Will?
Job 1:6-10 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
Oh yes, Job, the perfect example of comfort zone. Even the devil puts it very blatantly, “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house?” The devil was sure he could tempt Job into sin because Job was only following God because God had given Job everything he needed. Job was happy in his little world, with his beautiful land, his many children and his plentiful livestock. Job was a faithful follower of God. Yet Satan was sure since Job never stepped out of this comfort zone that he could tempt him. I am afraid to say that if all of the sudden I lost everything I owned – my children, my land, my livestock, my health – I would probably fall into sin. Job though through prayer stood his ground. He kept going even when his comfort zone was shaken to its very core.
There are certain things in my life that I have come to rely on. To list a few: food, clothing, my car, my cellphone, a computer, friendships, family, health, my home, my church, and my freedom. If any of these items were taken away, I am not sure what I would do. During Lent, I do refrain from talking on my phone while driving (which is illegal in some states, but not mine). Not only is it unsafe, but for some reason my car becomes like my office. Instead of taking the time to converse with my kids and learn about their day at school, I am talking on the phone. So during Lent, I remind myself how important it is to spend time with my kids – even in the car. Not to mention it is a safety hazard that I am driving around in my car and having a conversation (not really a good role model for my kids who will be driving in the next few years).
All of the other comfort zones that I have are really hard to break free from. I couldn’t do without my computer – even for a day. My friendships and family– I rely on personal contact and conversation, daily. My health – I don’t even like to go there in my mind. My home – I am changing that up in the next month, so we will see how I handle that! My church – I love my church so much that I will travel now 20 minutes to get to it each Sunday (and every night I have meetings). My freedom (aka my time) – I like to think I do a pretty good job with my time and making sure I have room for God first and foremost, but this is a tough one to tackle.
Time is hard for people to let go of. In fact, I think time can really be defined as one of the biggest reasons that people are not close to God. Selfish time constraints hold us back from experiencing true faith and joy in our earthly life. Our time issues are worldly. What I mean is how we prioritize our time has a lot to do with what the world feels is acceptable, not what God wants us to do. When we allow the world to take over our lives, we allow sin to sneak its way into our heart. This is exactly what the devil was hoping for with Job. The devil felt that if he could just tackle a few of Job’s comfort zones, that he would have a chance to take over Job’s soul. Unfortunately, in today’s society, I am afraid the devil will win more than lose on this one. And the number one reason would be – we just couldn’t offer God the time that he so desires with us.
It is a sad concept to end on, but I think it deserves some reflecting upon. If you cannot give up some of your time for God – do you really expect to escape your comfort zones? Do you really think that your relationship with God will grow just on its own with no commitment from you?
Matthew 10:39 He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.