A friend once told me how another person we knew had the chance to elevate in her company. This person rejected the opportunity because she wanted to keep her housing subsidy. It perplexed us because this was a chance to elevate and make more money. My friend concluded that this person was too comfortable where she was. Comfort and comfort zones are two different things and I believe God is not fond of the latter.
Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. (Exodus 4:10-14 NIV)
Have you ever feared success or trying something new? Have you ever made excuses, like Moses, about why you felt you couldn’t do something? Do you feel like your life is at a stand still but feel unmotivated to take the next step? Are you comfortable with things just the way they are? Do you hate change? Are you like some Christians who just go to church, sit in the pew and then go back home only to repeat this every Sunday? No action outside the pews, no reaching out to others, no pursuing God deeper and no higher expectations, and is this just fine with you? Moses was leading the Israelites out of years and years of bondage and along the way there were challenges that caused them to fear and consider their comfort zone.
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” (Exodus 13:17 NIV)
They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (Exodus 14:11-12 NIV)
My recent family trip was supposed to include all of my family and friends, not just my immediate family. However, a lot of family and friends backed out for various reasons: graduations, no money, other events occurring at the same time, etc. I was disappointed that none of my friends and immediate family was attending the trip. I always take vacations with my immediate family and friends. I always feel safe traveling with them. I always know what to expect. Not this time. I was flying and attending the trip with my other family who I don’t often see. I went back and forth with reasons why I shouldn’t go. I was in my comfort zone! Flying with my immediate family doesn’t ensure my safety. God does. I didn’t know what to expect but God did. Going on this trip allowed me to bond with my other family members and I enjoyed myself. It also motivates me to travel more with other loved ones, friends and even alone.
Stepping out of your comfort zone means you are stepping out on your faith. Stepping out of your comfort zone means you trust God all the way and with the outcome. Stepping out of your comfort zone means you are leaving your fears behind. Stepping out of your comfort zone means you can allow yourself to spiritually grow. Had I stayed in my comfort zone, I would continue to make excuses and let fear hinder me from taking the next step in my life. I would never embrace my fear of speaking in front of others and read my poetry aloud. I would have never made it to that interview and got my job. I would never get back out there and started dating. My future husband is not going to magically appear on my couch. I would never want to try anything new (I have got to try zip lining one day)!
You are the God of all comfort but I know You don’t want me to settle for less than what You have purposed for me. You are the perfecter and the finisher of our faith. I thank You for seeing the bigger picture concerning all of Your creation. Write Your vision upon my heart and help me to see what You see. Help me to step out of my comfort zone and live the life You have purposed me to live. Help me get rid of the fears, excuses and doubts; and help me to take the next step I need to take to walk according to Your will and live a fulfilled life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to check your faith and your trust in God. Ask Him to reveal to you what your comfort zones are and to give you His grace and strength to come out believing that His word cannot return to Him void. Come out of your comfort zones and check your fears at the door for He did not give you a spirit of fear, but that of power, love and a sound mind!
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Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She help assists Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. She, like many of her students, is the first of her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English-Professional & Technical Writing. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better thru her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.