Leaving the Comfortable

on Sunday 1, November 2009

"What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.  They will continue to grow in strength.”  Psalm 84:5

God told Abraham, “Leave your country…and go to the land I will show you.  Go walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”  The writer of Hebrews tell us that by faith Abraham left everything familiar and obeyed, not knowing where he was going. 

I don’t know about you, but when we travel we make definite advance reservations.  We know our destination, and we make sure that when we arrive, we will be comfortable.  Not so in the Kingdom of God.  Faith requires trust in God as our navigator.  He leads us out into unfamiliar places, much as he did Abraham, because he wants to enlarge our territory—to give us more of our inheritance.

When Moses sent 12 spies in Canaan, they were awed by the land’s abundance, but fearful of what it would take to possess it.  They were looking only to their own strength and did not consider the power of God.  They allowed their fear of the unknown to hinder their faith, and it cost them 40 years of wandering in a dry desert place.

When God challenges us to leave the familiar and trust Him to take us to a new place and a new experience in our relationship with him, it’s because he has so much more he wants to give us.  He says to us, “Leave what’s comfortable, and come walk with me.  I have greater mountains, wider vistas, and greener pastures for you to possess.  Fear not!”