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Obedience Is Uncomfortable - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - January 28, 2017

  • 2017 Jan 28
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Obedience Is Uncomfortable, But That’s a Good Thing
By Tom Holladay

“When [the wise men] had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod” (Matthew 2:13-15a NIV).

Today’s devotional is by Tom Holladay, teaching pastor at Saddleback Church.

Joseph and Mary had to let a lot of things go because of their faith journey. They left everything they knew when they headed to Egypt. And in one sense, what they were sacrificing was their comfort at the deepest level.

It is often uncomfortable to trust God and follow his plan because we get comfortable with the wrong things. We get comfortable with our little habits and rituals, the things that get us stuck where we are instead of getting us to where God wants to grow us.

If you commit your health to God, it will probably mean giving up some of your favorite foods. If you commit your finances to God, it will probably mean cutting back on your spending.

It’s uncomfortable to break a habit. It’s uncomfortable to face a fear. It’s uncomfortable to go somewhere you’ve never been before or forgive someone who has hurt you. But growth and change always come through doing those uncomfortable things, and that’s good.

But if we don’t make those choices, we will continue to hold on to something that makes us feel comfortable and end up turning our back on God, who is the source of comfort.

The Bible says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3 NIV).

I invite you, like never before, to recognize that God is the God of all comfort. And in those moments when you want to turn back to that old habit, that old way of thinking that pulls you off track, turn to God and say, “God, give me your comfort.”

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Talk It Over

  • How can you show God that you want to grow more than you want to be comfortable?
  • What habits are keeping you from being obedient to God?
  • How have you seen God work in you when you were obedient to do something that made you feel uncomfortable at first?

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