A Word from Chelseia

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Discomfort in Comfortableness

on August 14, 2012

2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.

17 But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:2-3, 17

 Ninevah—a wicked city worthy of destruction

 In life, why is it so difficult to step into the unknown, or help someone you know that’s in need?  Jonah was asked to go preach to Ninevah to help save the people there and he disregarded God’s request.  Sometimes we don’t want to do what God asks, because it’s easy to find discomfort, when we’re too comfortable in our lives.  It’s so easy to speak of the good things that God has done, but what about the times He has to strip us of something(s) or people because we’re caught avoiding His call.

 

There are times when God calls us to spread His word to others in many ways; however, when God calls you to perform a task on His behalf, it will cause you to become uncomfortable.  There can’t be a testimony (evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof) without a TEST.  Be mindful when you go through moments of life when you feel swallowed, remember God is just giving you hard evidence to have proof to show His glory, and to prove to others what He’s capable of doing! Please don’t feel alone, if you notice in the bible, there weren’t any victories in comfortableness.  I feel it’s safe to say, life may have swallowed you, only because God is waiting on you to call on His name, just as Jonah did. He has something great for you to do, it’s not for others to understand, but for you to fulfill. Notice, when Jonah called on His name (Jonah 2:1-10), he prayed, and God commanded (v 10) the fish to vomit Jonah onto dry land.  When life gets tough, as often times it will, call on His name and not the circumstance! 

 Jonah attempted to flee the first time, and God gave Him a second chance to go to Ninevah, which displays God’s compassion and love that He had to spare Ninevah (4:11-But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”).  I want to close by saying, it’s the uncomfortable moments that God can do uncommon things, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. He answers prayers of those that call upon Him

 When you’re comfortable you’re content!  Are you willing to get uncomfortable?  Respond in obedience.

 FYI, just so you know you’re not alone in finding discomfort in comfortableness, here’s two of many that was too comfortable that God had to allow discomfort:

  • Abraham–(Gen 12), he didn’t want to leave what was familiar, but he wasn’t blessed until he was uncomfortable
  • Peter (Matt 14)– didn’t believe he could walk on water, notice he had to get OUT of the boat to follow God

   

I’d rather know Him and not need Him, than to need Him and not have Him.


4 responses to “Discomfort in Comfortableness

  1. Deb Statham says:

    Well said Chelseia and if that’s not enough…..take a look at Calvary. He became uncomfortable so that we can oneday live in kingdom comfort.

    Sent from my Samsung Replenish

  2. holmanfrances@yahoo.com says:

    Great words!

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Glenda Davies says:

    Sweetheart, you are awesome. It’s so true because there have been times I’ve had e-mails with wonderful messages about the goodness of God and I only sent them to people I felt comfortable sending them to. After reading your blog, this will change, I will be sending e-mails regardless, Gods word needs to be spread with everyone not just the ones we feel comfortable with. Amen

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