There is a disturbance in the force that I feel is about my preference for comfort rather than Jesus’ pleasure. I can attempt to convince myself that it’s my righteous indignation but I fear that it is being revealed as something quite the contrary. I want what makes me comfortable.
The News – I Want It to Make Me Comfortable
The news and state of our country has disturbed me to my core. I woke up this morning with that vague sense of trouble, of which the Holy Spirit has convicted me is something very different than I thought. It was like He was questioning me, “Why does the state of the United States disturb you?” This made me think, well, is this country about me or is it for His sake?
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
John 16:33 AMPC
I Want My Fear to Stop
If I am completely honest with myself, my fear is about and for me! It is my loss I am worried about, not God’s. I’m disturbed that things are changing and they’ll affect my life, my comfort, and my convenience. I am at the center of my distress, and that is the problem. When Christ is at the center, He is Lord over ALL, but when I am at the center, I am somehow responsible for everything. In a word, yuck! When I am at the center and it’s all about me and what I want, this is a scary world.
I am a poor god! Basically, I am saying that I am fearful because things aren’t serving ME. They’re not playing out how I want. The situations are threatening my world, my life, and my ease—me, Me, ME. I am not concerned for His Will to be done. I’m not focused on His pleasure. Quite the contrary, my disturbance is that the feathers in my nest might get ruffled. Oh God, it is so selfish!
I Want It to Stop
Along with a number of citizens, I want the progression of the leftist agenda to stop. But the question remains, for whose benefit? Is it so I can remain safe and secure or is it for Christ? Again, today if I am willing to be core level honest, I am seeing it is about me. I like buying my organic foods and mass produced Chinese imports, I like traveling where and when I want to, I want healthcare that works for me and my loved ones. Basically I want to do what I want, when I want, and how I want. Then my disturbance with the direction of our country is because I might not have what I want and what makes me comfortable. This isn’t about Christ at all.
If this is only me, then count it as my confession. But if you possibly suffer from this too, I am pleased it is exposed. No matter what transpires in our country, our home and current dwelling place is in the heavens. The politics of the day never affected Jesus because Jesus lived His Life in the Will of the Father. His Life was not subject to earthly circumstance. And He came to separate us from our earthly prison. We can dwell immune to the reported news because it is News of a foreign land.
I Want the Truth
…they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control.
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.
Colossians 3:2-4 NLT