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Your comfort zone is defined as a place or situation where you feel safe or at ease and without stress. I believe that’s the kind of place in life that each of us wants to find. Perhaps you have already found that place in your life.
It’s normal for us to want to stay in our comfort zone once we have found that place in life. All of us prefer comfort over discomfort. None of us wants to be in an uncomfortable place in life.
But sometimes, in order to obey God or for Him to take you to a better place in life, it will require you to leave your comfort zone.
Imagine this. The Israelites are in the wilderness. They are there because God is taking them to bless them with a land of their own.
What the Israelites did not know is that the land God had given them was occupied by the natives there. That means Israel needed to drive out those inhabitants first. Ten of the 12 spies Moses sent to spy out the land for 40 days returned and exaggerated the situation on the ground and that struck fear in the hearts of the people.
After crying all night because of the report of the 10 spies, “They said one to another, let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt” (Numbers 14:4, KJV).
Return to Egypt? Really?
It was because of the bondage in Egypt that the Israelites cried out to God, and He sent them a deliverer in the person of Moses. And now they want to return there?
An important lesson in this biblical account is that sometimes, when God wants to bless you by taking you from where you are to where He wants to take you, the journey to the blessing can be uncomfortable. And if it becomes too uncomfortable, one tendency is to want to go back to where you have been.
The real reason the Israelites did not want to go where God wanted to take them was because they embraced fear over faith. That is often the truth about us as well.
If you truly believe that God is calling you to another place in ministry or in life, the evidence that you have faith in His ability to bring His will to pass, in spite of the challenges, is that will you leave your comfort zone.
When the spies came back to the congregation and shared with them what they had seen, the people’s faith was being tested. God didn’t only want to take them from one physical place to another. He also wanted to take them from one spiritual place to another. The sad thing is that most of them did not believe and so they died in the wilderness never receiving the promise.
It is not the will of God for you to become stagnant in life or in the work of the Lord. He is still perfecting the good work He has begun in you. Sometimes, in order for Him to take you where He wants to take you, you must be willing to leave your comfort zone.
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