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Satisfying Comfort

Posted by Emily Jones on

How much will people change as the result of these past weeks? What will that change look like? A quick scroll through Twitter reveals heroic stories of profound generosity as well as distasteful tales of selfishly motivated actions. Change can bring out the best in some and the worst in others. I can’t help but ask: How am I being changed?

Finding Comfort

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote that if we search for truth, we’ll eventually find comfort, but if we go looking for comfort, we will fail to find either comfort or truth. Instead we will only discover self-deception and despair. — There are 4.8 million hashtags for comfort on Instagram and most of them are not about the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5). Comfortable things or places that make people feel good are seen as life giving. More like #brokencisterns. Personal comfort wears a mask that is crumbling now with so many securities removed. Beneath its surface is a useless pursuit; its root is pride.  

“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:16-17, ESV).

Righteous Pastime

The Bible teaches that God has already won the victory through His Son and is now working to bring about His kingdom (Romans 8; Hebrews 9:23-28). As we wait, God beckons our souls to trust Him, to take courage in Him, and to earnestly strive daily toward Christlikeness.

“Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14, CSB).

By pursuing holiness, we confess God has a purpose for our lives within the broader view of humanity, current world affairs, and history as He has ordained it. Scripture calls us to abandon personal fulfillment in favor of being satisfied in Jesus. God is love (1 John 4:8). As we grow in Christlikeness and His Spirit increases our love for Him and for one another, we will be less inclined to focus on earthly comforts.

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish” (Jeremiah 31:25, ESV).

Peaceful Satisfaction

Are you weary? Jesus understands what it feels like to be tired enough to sleep through a storm (Matthew 8:23-24). The Spirit reveals a better understanding of God’s character as we experience Him through exploring and meditating on His Word (see Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:105; Jeremiah 29:13; James 1:5). 

And we can trust the Father to give us peace.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27, ESV).

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