This journey sometimes gets hard. My faith is usually fine unless it gets tested. When the rubber hits the road then I start to see some of the weak areas. Walking with Jesus is so rich but also hard in many ways. Time and time again, I find myself having to have faith for something. These things seem to get bigger and bigger. Faith is believing in the unseen and unknown and waiting for it to come to fruition and putting as much trust in God as we can muster.
I find myself wondering what if God doesn’t show up? what if I heard him wrong? why it can’t be easier? why we can’t have things on a silver platter? Why does God usually wait until the very last minute for things? I then realize it would be totally LAME and BORING. We so desire the easy life and all its snares and traps.
The facade of comfort trying with smoke and mirrors to be the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3 ESV). It can’t even compare. I have to find my comfort in the Lord or I have developed a worship of an idol called “comfort”. God contains all comfort and he created us in his image. We therefore have the capacity to be comfortable with Him in any situation he leads us into.
This brings about some questions/fears of trust in Him. What if he leads me to some place dangerous and I get mugged? or what if he leads me to a place where I have to sleep on the floor?
Life isn’t always going to be peachy but there is comfort hidden in every situation in this life that can only be found through looking to Jesus and following him. Maybe comfort as my culture has defined it, is actually wrong. What if comfort flows from the inside out and not the outside in. We are the temple of this God of all comfort and he dwells in us with the purpose of transforming us.
The beautiful thing is he is looking after us as a personal Father. He loves His children. He can be trusted. He will bring comfort.
Here’s a testimony of the Goodness of our Father to end this post:
We didn’t have any housing for our Debrief time in Kona, HI for our Awaken DTS. We were getting nervous and kept praying for God to move and open up something. The YWAM campus is packed with the biggest quarter in history so our whole school has to stay in a hotel. We were unable to stay there because we didn’t lead a team and didn’t have it in our budget. 3 days until we leave, no sign of housing, 2 days nothing, 1 day until we take off, I prayed as I was every morning for housing and I get an e-mail from our friends. They offered to house us!
This is how God hooked is up: We are staying in our own room and bathroom, we have a kitchen to cook for our friends, we are right next to campus, we have a pool, our friends have offered to us their car and mopeds to drive when they aren’t using them and we potentially saved $700. A week before Kona, we also stayed in Laguna Beach with a friend who also blessed us like crazy with an amazing week of rich and fun times. Wow, God is crazy good! When we lay down our rights to the comforts of this world (even partially), he leads us and blesses us more than we could imagine!
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
~Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV