Confronting the unknown and uncomfortable

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Have you noticed that God often calls us into the unknown and the uncomfortable? Why do you think He does that?

I suspect it is because our character is more important to God than our comfort.  God knows that we grow best when we are counting on Him and leaning on Him the most.

The critical question then may be:  When faced with something hard or even scary, what will you do? What will you risk?

Most people are not risk takers by nature. Being comfortable has a high value for most of us. Many like routine, security, and functioning within their comfort zones. However, our faith and obedience are far more important to God than our comfort because, when we step out in faith, that is when amazing things can happen.

There is an incredible account in Genesis 12 about Abram who was called by God into the unknown and unfamiliar. Catch this key verse where it says, “Abram went, as the Lord had told him.”

Abram said yes to God and, as a result, he models for us a faith that we may emulate! It would have been easy for him to live in a comfort zone. Instead, he risked it all and “went.” He had never been there before. He was not in familiar terrain. It was life on the edge with God. Adventure and abundant life are not found in the safety of the shadows.

By the way, God did not give Abram a lot of information. He just said, “Go . . . and I will lead you!” Abram did what God asked him to do. That is faith! Being willing to risk by obeying God. Here’s how the Bible defines faith:

Faith is believing even when you don’t see (Hebrews 11:1).

Faith is obeying even when you don’t understand (Hebrews 11:8).

Faith is believing and obeying no matter what the costs and no matter what the risks. It is not an easy way to live, but it is God’s way. It is the only way to fully experience God’s ultimate purpose and blessing in your life.

Make no mistake about it, from Abraham to Paul—everyone who pursued God and lived for Him—lived a life of incredible adventure. And that is why we need to be so passionate about faith and obedience.

“God, You chose Abram, and You found his heart faithful to You.” –Nehemiah 9:7-8

Yes, pursuing God with all our hearts may at times be difficult—but never boring!

Boring Christianity is an oxymoron. The difference between faith and fear is taking action to follow in obedience – even taking a risk into the unknown and being mindful in how we live. When you make God the center of your daily perspective on life, faith is open to risks and fear must take a back seat. Think about it!

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