When was the last time you were scared to death? How did you feel? Was it safe? Were things going to plan?
When you’re scared to death and vulnerable, you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know how long it’s going to take, and you don’t know what’s going to happen when you get there, what do you do?
You remember that the path to a miracle is always through uncomfortable territory.
The Bible gives an illustration in 1 Kings 17:8-10: “Then the LORD spoke his word to Elijah, ‘Go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I have commanded a widow there to take care of you.’ So Elijah went to Zarephath.”
God told Elijah to walk more than 100 miles during a drought through dangerous territory, where everyone knew who he was, and everyone knew King Ahab had a price on Elijah’s head. When Elijah finally made it to Zarephath, he met a poor widow who was going to feed him, but how could she help defend or protect him from a pagan town full of people who wouldn’t hesitate to kill him?
Miracles don’t happen when things are comfortable. Miracles happen when things are uncomfortable. Elijah didn’t say, “God, there are three things wrong with this plan. One, you’re sending me in the wrong direction. Two, you’re sending me to the wrong location. And three, you’re sending me to the wrong protection.”
Elijah just obeyed. The path to a miracle and following His will is always through uncomfortable territory.
For instance —
• When Moses led the Israelites out of slavery to the Promised Land, they had to go through the Red Sea first. Then, they roamed the desert.
• Before David could slay Goliath, he had to walk onto the battlefield.
Are you at a place right now in your life where things are a little uncomfortable — financially, emotionally, relationally, or physically? You’re a little nervous, a little on the edge, a little insecured. Are you putting your faith in God or have things become too difficult? I am sure Abraham, Moses, David, Elijiah, Peter, and Paul went through moments of doubt. In the end, they turned to God and drew strength from Him. They did not give up, but pressed on.
Just like Elijah, God wants you to obey, so you can see his miracle at the end of the road. Have you obeyed God recently? Have you asked forgiveness of God for not being content?