Consistency is comfortable. It’s only natural to gravitate towards situations, relationships, and places that we feel safe and comfortable in. But, God’s plan for us doesn’t always have us in places of comfort. Time and time again in God’s Word, in fact, we see His children undergo difficult situations. But these aren’t meaningless hardships, they are used to grow the individual.
In a world of social media and constant comparison, insecurity is at an all-time high. Men, women, and children from all backgrounds, religions, and geographical locations are being caught up in the never-ending cycle of comparing themselves to those around them. When we live like this, however, we are living ineffectively. We can’t compare ourselves to others because we are a unique creation of God with a unique purpose!
When it comes to your relationship with the Lord, would you say you’re ‘all in?’ Oftentimes, believers stay on the banks of belief – they stay on the outskirts of the living water, staying only ankle-deep. Contrary to this half-hearted faith, the Bible calls us to be all in for the Lord. In John 7:38, it frames this call to action perfectly:
How often in life do we give up on things because they are not what we had expected or hoped for? How often do we dwindle in our faith when we are faced with adversity? Oftentimes, our earthly expectations get in the way of God’s plan for our lives. God knows what we need, and what we need to do to help those around us as well. We can see this demonstrated through the life of Paul.