Today's Devotional Thought
October 27, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
Don't Get Too Comfortable
I like change. I'll admit it. I like the adventure of change. I like trying new things and I like feeling accomplished when I've tackled the new challenge. But, I realized recently that I like controlled change. And preferably, change controlled by me. You see, I like the adventure and newness of change when I have decided to change and can do it on my terms. But like most of you, I'm not all that crazy about change when it is forced upon me.
One thing I've come to understand recently as I've been studying the Israelites is that change is what God is all about. You see, he doesn't want us to become too comfortable with the status quo. Because, in his infinite wisdom, he knows that when we get comfortable, we tend to get complacent, we assimilate into the culture around us, and we stop doing anything new for him. And I believe he is always looking for new ways that we can grow in him so that we can further his kingdom.
In today's Scripture, we see the description of how God led the Israelites in their journeys after the tabernacle was built. As we see in both Genesis and Numbers, when the cloud covered the tabernacle, it represented God's presence there. And, when the cloud lifted, the people of Israel were instructed to followed it. As we see in Numbers 9:20-22:
"Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the Lord commanded. Then at the Lord's command they would break camp and move on. Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved. Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on."
Isn't this a powerful demonstration of the obedience we are supposed to have in following God? Whether it be in our jobs, our relationships, our parenting, our service to church and others, or our actual physical location, we must always be ready to move in the direction that God leads. And friends, if we are going to take action when God asks us to, then we can not get too comfortable where we are. We must always be ready to radically follow him into new situations, new tasks, new service, and even new locations. And guess what, friends? It is still controlled change. It is just controlled by someone even better at controlling things than you. It is controlled by God.
Are you too comfortable in your location, in your job, or in your relationships that you are afraid to make a move when God tells you to? Maybe God is telling you to move in a new career direction. Maybe God is telling you to physically move to a new house or city or state. Maybe God is telling you to take on a new responsibility in your church or community. Maybe God is telling you to make a move in a relationship so that you can hold them accountable or lead them closer to him. Whatever it is that God is asking you to do, you must be willing to do it and not be so comfortable with the status quo that you choose it over God. We must never get too comfortable in the current state of our careers, locations, lives, or relationships that we do not make a move when God tells us to.
Examine your life today and ask God where he wants you to make a move. And when you sense the cloud lift, then pack up your Tabernacle and follow him. And when the cloud lifts and leads you from where you are comfortable to where he wants you to be, I believe that you will find that your radical obedience leads to radical blessings.