These thoughts are based strictly on my own experiences and what I’ve observed in our society today.
Prison does not take away criminality. It is the decision we take while in prison that will change us.
Having kids will not make me love children. If I love them first I will love them better when I get in there.
Getting married does not make us mature and responsible. It could become an avenue for us to prove our immaturity and irresponsibility.
Changing the man at the top won’t solve the bankruptcy unless you understand what caused it in the first place.
Marriage can’t heal me from lust, frivolousness and unfaithfulness or porn. I must decide to “deal with it”.
Getting a new partner won’t heal the old wounds. I better get healed before I make Peter pay for what Paul did.
Cutting a tree at the trunk won’t kill it. Get to the roots, roll your sleeves and dig.
I hope I didn’t mess up your case. This post is addressed to me too, you know.
Imagine Peter, James and John on the mountain of transfiguration. What a mind-blowing experience! They loved it and like Oliver Twist they asked for more. They were fast transforming the place into a comfort zone. A comfort zone is that place where we think we have arrived; we no longer wish to move ahead no matter what promises lie before us.
A train station, an airport or a bus stop were never meant to be anybody’s permanent residence no matter how charming they might look. When God takes you somewhere for a season and you decide to make of it your permanent habitat, you have just created for yourself a comfort zone.
No matter how sweet that valley is with its beautiful flowers, enchanting butterflies and flowing streams, if God tells you to keep moving, rest assured that the best is yet ahead. Comfort zones keep us mediocre; they stop us from facing challenges and breaking new grounds, and eventually, they prevent us from being the best could be.
Show me a man stuck in a comfort zone and I will show you a lazy fellow, a coward, a man without a vision. These are people who will settle for less than they bargained for. Sometimes, God in His love will provoke earthquakes to kick us out of our comfort zones into our assignment. Your assignment is more important than your personal comfort.
Remember the great deliverance Jesus wrought just after descending from the mountain of transfiguration and the lesson His disciples learned about the importance of fasting. If you are presently settled in a position because you are too afraid of the unknown or because you do not want to deal with that issue ahead, you are probably in a comfort zone.
It may feel comfortable for now but you will soon discover that you are missing out on a lot of nice things. Launch out in faith and trust God to guide you along the way. Remember Father Abraham (Genesis 12).
Do you know that many of us do not know what to do with God’s love? It is so great, so overwhelming that we cry out like peter, “depart from me Lord, I am a sinner (Luke 5:8)” because we do not feel worthy of it. It pushes us to want to do something to pay God back for such great grace and favour we have received.
Calm down beloved of the Lord. You Father’s love is not for sale. There is nothing in the world that is precious enough to buy an ounce of that love. You do not need to be prettier, richer or more pious to deserve it. While you were yet dead in sin, he loved you the same (Romans 5:8). What more of now that you have accepted to be a member of His household? Will He not shower even more of it? God is love, He cannot help it and all you need to do is accept it and learn to love Him in return.
IT CAN’T BE PETER
(Too good to be true)
The events in Acts chapter 12 about Peter’s imprisonment and release are quite telling about our attitude to prayer and receiving answers to our prayers. Is it possible to pray fervently for something and when the answer stands at your door, you fail to recognise it? It seems so, as can be seen from Peter’s story.
Herod got Peter imprisoned. The church interceded fervently with sweat and tears for his release. Now, one evening, while they yet prayed, a servant girl answered the door and came with the news that Peter is standing at the door. She did not immediately open the door, the first sign of unbelief. She probably needed someone to confirm to her that the answer to her prayer was staring at her in the face, waiting to be taken in. Now, she is just a servant, perhaps not versed in the ways of God. What about the church itself? They conclude that Rhoda must be beside herself. They simply refuse to believe that somehow, God has answered their prayer. It just can’t be Peter. So what on earth have they been expecting from God, that he should say no? Why bother to pray if you do not think God is going to answer your prayer? If Rhoda, the bearer of the good news looked too stupid to be believed, it is because these prayer warriors had a preconceived idea as to how God was going to answer their prayer.
Beloved, the ways of God are so much higher than ours. While you pray, bear it in mind that the answer can come in any form and from any quarters. From this story it is obvious that sometimes, for one reason or the other we fail to recognise the baby we have with so much effort pushed out of the birth canal. God’s blessings do come in packages we do not recognise and all we need to know is that our God is so immense and full of variety. We must never tie him down to the level of our limited minds.