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Thankfulness Project: God Makes Me Uncomfortable

I'm a daughter, granddaughter & niece of pastors. I love God & studying the Bible and want to empower others to do the same.

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So he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them. -Psalm 106:15

Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. -Hosea 2:6

I love being comfortable. I love new soft fleece hoodies, soft socks, fire pits, chili, coffee, and pillows and blankets galore. I used to joke that as gifts I wanted infinite comfort objects. Because life is uncomfortable. It can be painful, even agonizing. But this pain is necessary. Were I not finally so uncomfortable in my body when my weight got hugely out of control, and were I not out of breath and struggling with lethargy, I may not have ever begun to try losing weight. And I would never have discovered the thrilling near-flying experience of running full throttle down a hill or causeway. It's a glorious feeling, especially when running into the shade on a hot day, or into the sun on a cold one. Your legs kick back and you’re going so fast, you feel unstoppable. And what’s more, my brain gets quiet from all the distractions and worries and focuses only on the task at hand. Does that mean I am a runner now? No. I jog, and slowly at times, or I lift weights, or other types of exercise I enjoy. But I do it as often as I can, because I have learned to enjoy exercise again, and I am more uncomfortable with how lethargic I feel on days I don’t work out, than I am with the temporary pain of a workout.

Our brains and bodies are wired to avoid pain. We don’t like it, or being uncomfortable. And change is uncomfortable. Have you ever asked or wondered why someone who complains to you about the same problem over and over never does anything differently, never does anything to change it? It’s because the discomfort of staying the same and just complaining about it is less than the pain of change. People don’t change until they’re too uncomfortable to let things stay the same anymore, even if they’re mildly uncomfortable where they are. Once things become so intolerable they have to change, that’s when it happens. Sometimes this is brought on by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. He makes us so uncomfortable with our sin that we have no peace, and we can’t stand it anymore, so we turn to God for help and we quit the sin, one temptation at a time. Or a consequence of sin happens that’s so awful, we decide to give it up so that never happens again.

If it weren’t for discomfort, I would continue doing the same things every day, pacifying and soothing my lethargic soul. I’m ashamed to admit that, if it weren’t for God allowing uncomfortable situations, or painful circumstances, I wouldn’t have ended friendships God told me not to be part of, or turned away from habits that hurt the people I love. I wouldn’t have given up things that were comfortable or soothing but completely empty and wasting my precious time on earth. Some things as simple as social media addiction would rob me of precious moments and memories with family, with friends, with children who will only want to spend time with me for a few more years before branching off on their own. If God didn’t make me aware of how hurtful being critical, negative, or a perfectionist is, and how it was pushing away people I loved, I might not have turned (and still be turning) away from those habits, or how wearisome it is to someone who cares about me to only hear me complaining about my days rather than grateful for the small blessings given me daily.

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Lasting change happens when we are so uncomfortable with our current circumstances or habits that we resolve, by the grace of God, to change them, no matter how long or difficult the road. And that’s when the power of God steps in to help us, when we surrender and admit to God that our way of doing things isn’t working out, and we need to do it His way, to chase His pursuits. And then, we see true success—His definition of it, which often doesn’t look like ours, but is better, for we are then seeking “a better country—a heavenly one.” (Heb. 11:16)

For further reading: Job 7, Psalm 77.

Comments

Naude Lorenzo on November 04, 2020:

Very smart inteligent article