Just what is your comfort zone that you need to break free of? Maybe you are nervous about meeting new people or new situations. Maybe you have a ministry that you have done for years and truly believe no one can do it like you can. Maybe you like things planned out to the minute. Maybe you like things to be “normal” and not stray from what you know. Maybe you like your house perfectly in order and everything has its place. Maybe you don’t like interruptions. 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. This Lent I did several things to shake up my comfort zones. I traded my smart phone for a very unsmart phone. I gave up facebook which is my favorite pastime. My family decided to refrain from eating out for the 40 days of Lent which is a tremendous burden on me since I am the one cooking every night. To top it all off, I am fasting every Friday so that I can become closer to Christ’s suffering. I love food, so this is very difficult for me.
When we dwell in our comfort zones, we lose focus on God. We become happy with life as it is and we never experience growth. In order to grow, we have to squirm and break free of the comfort zones. When we do let go of those things that make us feel safe, we find God. God is there waiting to help us through the difficult times. It prepares us for those unforeseen circumstances of life.
When I think about Job and his circumstances, I truly believe he conquered his battles because he was prepared and armed and ready. He was spiritually equipped to have everything he loved ripped away from him. He had placed God first in life.
Prep yourself for those struggles that may lie ahead. Rid yourself of the comfort zones that are keeping you from God.
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.