In his book Crazy Love, Francis Chan writes, “… God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
God doesn’t call us to be comfortable.
When I think about what Chan has written I’m reminded that God called Noah get out of his comfort zone and build an ark. He called Jonah out of his comfort zone and into Nineveh. He called Abraham to climb Mt. Moriah. Heck, he called Pastor Tony to plant a church in a pole barn with bad parking! God tends to call us into situations where we are forced to depend on Him. He calls us into the uncomfortable.
Why can it be so uncomfortable to follow God’s call? The Apostle Paul wrote that “none are righteous … all have turned aside and become worthless, and no one does good” (Romans 3:10-12). We are naturally inclined toward the comfortable and the selfish. Sometimes we can get in the way of God’s calling on our lives. That’s why it’s important for us to get out of His way.
The writer of Hebrews wrote, “… may the God of peace … equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever” (Hebrews 13:20-21). It’s God that calls us, God that equips us, and God that gets the Glory when His will is accomplished. None of that is dependent on us … it’s all dependent on God. We just get in the way!
It takes faith to swallow our fears and follow God where He is leading us. In Chan’s words, God may lead us into “situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” It takes faith to understand that God will always come through. There’s no place He can lead us that He has not already been.
It is my prayer that we will learn to embrace the uncomfortable and follow God wherever He calls us to go.