Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)
The vast majority of us have been raised to “be comfortable.” Previous generations worked diligently to make comfort a possibility. We have comfort in the form of medical advancements. Even 50 years ago, cancer was a death sentence. Other physical ailments were extremely uncomfortable, with little hope of relief. With the advent of new medical discoveries, we are now able to keep discomfort at bay in ways previously unknown.
Computer technology has transformed our level of comfort in just the last few years. I want to hear a rare classical piece of music; all I have to do is ask “Alexa” to play it and it almost magically starts. One no longer needs to go to the store. I can have groceries, books, clothing, or just about anything else delivered to my door, without the discomfort of having to drive or even interact with other humans.
Niklas Goke, in his article, “4 Reasons You Don’t Have the Life You Want,” correctly points out, “If you’re not willing to eat a carrot, you’ll never get used to a better diet. If you’re not willing to do one pushup, you’ll never feel strong. If you’re not willing to ask for a date, you’ll never have a loving relationship.” Goke continues, “Most of all, if you’re not willing to feel uncomfortable, you’ll never be happy — because discomfort is part of the formula for happiness.”
We do not need to feel discomfort all the time. That is debilitating. But, when comfort is our primary goal, we miss out on the joys of life. God continually took people out of their comfort zone in order for each one to experience a more-fulfilling life. Abram and Sarai were an older, wealthy, childless couple, and God promised them a more fulfilling life, if they would leave their comfort and set out on a journey of God’s leading. We know their lives were fulfilled because they left their comfort and ventured out in faith. Where is the need for comfort keeping you from experiencing Divine joy and meaning? Answer that question, and you will begin your own journey of life eternal.