Sunday, October 2, 2016

Where Do You Find Comfort?

   We all seek comfort in one way or the other. We all desire comfort. Why is that? Are we suppose to hopelessly wander this world until we find something that makes us feel comfortable and as soon as it doesn't, we should go and find something else? Are we created to be this way? Should comfort be such a high priority to us? We rely so heavily on different things in our lives to bring us comfort. But where does it end? Lots of money, lots of stuff, lots of relationships, or even lots of accomplishments. None of that ever seems to bring complete and total comfort. The problem of this way of thinking is that it relies so heavily on how things make us "feel". Feelings change every day, therefore, the things that comfort us today may not comfort us tomorrow. Even as an athlete we are taught to never be satisfied, to always push for the next accomplishment or the next championship. While these are all good things, someday what we go after or what we pursue will have to change because our bodies won't allow us to perform at the same level as they did before. Again, we are put in a position where we must find something else that brings us comfort and makes us "feel" good.
   I guess what I'm getting at is, when does this cycle end? I would never tell someone not to be the best they can be. I would never tell someone not to pursue their dreams, but are those the things that are supposed to comfort us? Are we supposed to ride a roller coaster of emotion until the day we die or is there something else that can fill that void. If we take a look at the life of Jesus, we do not see a life of comfort. We see a life of suffering, ridicule, persecution and difficulty. Yet at the same time we see a life of contentment, joy, peace, and trust. Check out all of these scriptures that illustrate those things!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭14:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:7-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.” And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:35-39‬ NIV

"“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:36-46‬ NIV

Of all those scriptures, Matthew 26:36-46 truly shows how Jesus got himself to being content and at peace in God's plan. Here is Jesus getting ready to endure the most difficult thing he has ever had to go through. Physical, emotional and even spiritual pain that none of us could ever imagine and yet through all of it he continues to say "Yet not as I will, but as you will." He was completely surrendered to Gods will and that was his comfort. His comfort didn't come from the situation he was in, his comfort came from his reliance and trust in God. “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Is that your attitude when faced with truth? Are you more concerned with your comfort or with doing the will of God.Boy oh boy, that is a tough question!

What things do you try and use to bring you comfort rather than being content in the Truth?

Coached in Truth

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