Comfortable Fear or Uncomfortable Faith?


I immediately picture my fleece pjs, fuzzy blanket, cup of white chocolate cappuccino, and recliner. 

You have a picture too, don’t you?

We all have a picture of comfortable filed away. It’s where we escape mentally when things get stressful; it’s what we start thinking about on the commute home after a long day.

Ok, well, maybe it’s just me that starts thinking about my pjs before I even get to the driveway. 

But what about the comfortable places we’re settling for that we should have kicked to the curb years ago?

If only the lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” Exodus 16:3

The Israelites. Moses led them out of captivity into freedom. Except for we quickly find them wishing they had remained slaves. Why would anyone want to return to slavery? That seems ludicrous, doesn’t it? 

But guess what? Slavery was comfortable. They knew exactly what to expect. Things might have been unpleasant, but it routine, therefore it was safe.

What does that look like for us today?

The job you’ve had for ten or more years that you don’t really love. Truth be told you don’t even like it. Your boss doesn’t appreciate you. Your co-workers take advantage of your abilities and desire to be helpful. There’s no room for advancement, and you aren’t doing something that builds into your dream.

You keep going to this job even though you hate it because it’s comfortable. You know you’re going to get a paycheck and insurance every month. You may not like the hours or the pay, but they’ve been there consistently for ten years. You are being fulfilled, but you’re comfortable.

What about the organization that causes you more stress than happiness? Your family has been a part of it for generations. Nothing bad goes on there. It just stays the same and doesn’t progress. 

You may a suggestion or back a progressive suggestion brought up by a subcommittee, but it gets voted down by the majority that has also been a part of the organization for generations. It seems that most individuals are stuck in the tradition and way things have been done forever. 

The organization has become stagnant. There isn’t any growth happening in any capacity. The youngest member in the organization, which used to be made up of entire families, is about 45. 

You should really walk away and find something more fulfilling to do with your time, but guilt keeps you showing up and frustrated. This organization is your comfort zone even though you don’t get anything positive out of it.

We have relationships like this too. Activities we do. Habits. Processes. Behaviors. You name it, there are things that are actually bad for us that we keep doing because they are comfortable. It would actually be uncomfortable to choose something different.

Like the Israelites, we’ve allowed slavery to become our comfort zone because we’re afraid of the unknown.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

The scriptures remind us repeatedly that we do not need to be afraid when we are doing God’s will. He is with us wherever we go.

Go. Not stay in miserable comfort. If He were command us to stay in comfort it wouldn’t come with a charge to be strong and courageous. Nor a reminder not be afraid or discouraged.

I don’t need any of that when I’m in my pjs with a blanky in my recliner. No courage necessary. 

But when I’m called to take the words I’ve written while sitting that way and present them from a stage in front of hundreds of women, well, I need to be brave and courageous. 

Many times before I push the publish button I need the reminder not to be afraid or discouraged because there’s this little voice in my head telling me people will either hate what I’ve written or no one will even read it at all.

See, fear holds us in some very unsatisfying, comfortable places, while God calls us to walk with Him in some very exciting, uncomfortable places.

We get to choose. Comfortable fear or uncomfortable faith. 

I think walking on water beats sitting in the boat. What about you?

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on January 7, 2015 at 2:49 AM

    This is exactly what someone else was talking about today. Fear and complacency. Interesting viewpoint. Thank you for this post to chew on.


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