God Does Not Promise Comfort
By: Jessica Thompson
February 17, 2016
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'” (Hebrews 13:5)
This baseball life is such an incredible blessing, yet many times I treat it like a curse. With every change and challenge I face, I find myself calling friends and family with questions of “Why is this happening to me?” and “How can I do this, alone, again?” I am always seeking more stability. I pray constantly for God to give me a more “comfortable” life.
The other day I sat in church and listened to Pastor Matt deliver a message about God’s Calling. It is a message I’ve heard delivered in many ways, but this time the words hit me and immediately woke me up: God does not promise comfort. We are made to do more with life than arrange it around being comfortable. God calls on us to be challenged, face changes, and meet demands so that we are able to grow, mature, and be fully alive. God takes our ordinary lives and gives us adventure with Him. He wants us to be more than just comfortable. He wants to use us to change lives. (Pastor Matt VanCleave – Blue Oaks Church).
So many times I have been in a city where I knew no one, John was on another road trip, and my family was across the country. In those circumstances, I knew God wanted me to do more than just wait for things to get easier, but I was saying “no.” I could have served in the local community, I could have encouraged other women I didn’t know yet (or maybe didn’t even want to know). I could have used my situation to do some of God’s work and instead I waited impatiently for life to get easier. It was too hard to find a place to serve, too scary to go out in a city where I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t think I had anything in common with some of the other women who were living life so differently than I was. I was wrong.
Where in the Bible does God ever assign an easy task? The answer would be never. Many times when God called on a person to do something, the response was fear, inadequacy, discomfort, and even “no.” Moses said no to God five times! He questioned who he was to complete the task God had called him to do (Exodus 3:11). Gideon questioned, “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13). Sound familiar?
When God has called you or I to face a challenge, He often hears “why me?” or “I can’t do this alone.” So God makes us a promise: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) “I will be with you” is repeated in the Bible to those who doubt or fear what God has called them to do.
We are all called to do many things in this life. Support a family, sacrifice stability and comfort to chase a dream, build careers, raise children, lead bible studies, write blogs, save animals, serve, encourage each other. The list goes on and on. This is scary, uncomfortable, difficult stuff! We don’t do these things because they’re easy. We do them because God has put on our hearts what we are called to do. We do them because God promises to be with us every step of the way.
I have come across so many precious women who are changing lives. Ordinary women who simply chose to say “yes” to what God has called them to do. I know a woman who chose to lead bible study during the season even though she was afraid no one would show up. Since then the regular weekly meetings are growing many in their relationship with God. I know a woman who started a business that grew nationally and has since inspired many others to do the same. I know a woman who started a blog even though she felt her stories were insignificant. She now encourages women across the map with her life’s little adventures. I know many women who pack up and move all alone multiple times a year or stay behind maintaining a home and career with no help just to support the men they love. God calls on them to face these challenges and they do it knowing they can because He is with them. They inspire me every single day. These women said yes to God and are changing lives, their own and others because of it.
What has God called you to be and do? I pray you will say yes to Him and walk forward with Him in boldness and faith.