Wednesday in the Word

Comfort. It's a multi-million-dollar business in America. We're bombarded with ads for mattresses promising better sleep, clothes to wrap you in a hug, and instant entertainment everywhere we look. Comfort has become an idol in our society.

But God’s not in the comfort business. At least not temporal comfort as we think of it. Quite the opposite, in fact. When David so beautifully describes our Good Shepherd, he doesn’t mention God removing him from the dark valley, but rather, “…I will fear no evil for YOU ARE WITH ME; your rod and your staff, they COMFORT me,” (Psalm 23:4). That’s REAL comfort. Lasting comfort.

I’ve played guitar on our worship team for over 15 years. I may be a mediocre player, but it is my passion, my joy, and a blessing to serve. Last week I had the opportunity to lead the worship team, which I haven’t done for several years. I only moved 10 feet to the left on stage, but I was in completely new territory. I felt very much out of my comfort zone. Basically, I was terrified. But that was exactly why I volunteered. Jesus said to the Apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” (2 Cor. 12: 9). On a normal Sunday, I can survive with minimal practice if needed, because I’ve played in that position so long. But as I prepared and led this week, I was made fully aware of my need to rely on God.

If we stay planted in our comfort zones, we can become self-reliant and miss so many opportunities to grow. It is in our discomfort and weakness that we truly learn to depend on God. Where is God asking you to step out in faith today?