Don’t you just wish you could receive all the blessings of God without going through any tests or trials? Don’t you wish we could have a “Purge Day” every now and again, a day without any consequences for sin and disobedience? Me too! I have even talked to God about this, and I am pretty sure I heard Him laughing hysterically.
I don’t know anyone who enjoys the idea of being Comfortable With the Uncomfortable, but this is how we learn to fully trust God. This is what causes us to gain patience and confidence in Him. It also builds character in us.
As Believers, discomfort comes to be a way of life; and we are still expected to counsel and minister to people who may reject what we have to share. We still have to stand for what’s right, even if we have to stand alone. We still have to live Holy, even if it seems like no one else is.
God reminded me of the scripture: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (Philippians 3:10 KJV).” I am willing to bet I am not the only one who skipped right over that part about the suffering.
We want to reign with Christ. We want the blessings and the favor, but we tend to forget…
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us (2 Timothy 2:12 KJV).
Believe it or not, it also encourages those who are watching us (trust me, they’re watching). They see us facing difficult situations, yet we continue to reverence God; we continue to praise His name; we continue to give Him the Glory, in spite of our situation. Now, those onlookers who may have wanted to give up are encouraged because of our faithfulness. It gives them the strength and the willingness to endure.
So, That Settles It. Remember, anyone can Praise God in the good times, but who will still trust Him when things aren’t going so well? Is it you? Will you be an example to others on how to become Comfortable With the Uncomfortable?
We don’t want to mislead people and cause them to believe that this Christian walk is always sunshine and flowers; we have to show them how to dance in the rain.
We are saved by trusting. And trusting means looking forward to getting something we don’t yet have; for a man who already has something doesn’t need to hope and trust that he will get it. But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently (Romans 8:24-25 TLB).