It’s probably the fourth time in the last few weeks that I’ve read or heard a devotional on comfort. And I know that when I hear something that many times, God is trying to tell me something.
Maybe you’re like me. You want God’s best. You even pray for God’s will to be done. But when life gets hard or the devil attacks, you wonder if it’s worth it. Lately, I have found myself uttering these words over and over again,
“Why can’t I just stay
where it’s comfortable?”
It occurred to me this morning that Satan has lulled many of us to sleep with the promise of comfort. We are stuffed full with the pleasures of this world, unable and unwilling to move from the table. This imagery got me thinking of a character in C.S. Lewis’ book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
In the story, The White Witch, as she was called, lulled Edmund, one of the Pevensie children, into submission through a delicacy known as, Turkish Delight. He became entranced by her sweet treats and by her promise of power. See, Edmund didn’t realize that he was already predestined for royalty. But the queen knew this, and she set out to destroy Edmund before his promise could be fulfilled. Edmund easily traded God’s purpose and plan for a comfortable seat at the enemy’s table.
How many of us have done the same thing without even realizing it? It’s so subtle. We are Christians. We try to live the “Christian” life. We go to church and do good deeds. We even read our Bible and strive for a closeness with our Savior. But would we be willing to trade all of our comforts to follow Him with our entire being? I always thought I would until that thought became more of a reality, and the calling to give up some of my comforts has caused some tension in my spiritual walk.
In the story, the other Pevensie children had to go through a severe battle in order to reach their promised throne. They chose to stand with Aslan, the allegorical Christ figure of the story, instead of the White Witch who offered an easier way to riches. In the climax of the story, Aslan sacrificed his life for Edmund so that he would have a second chance to sit at God’s table.
Christ has already made that same sacrifice for us and many of us are now living our second chance. Why should we be chained once again to the “yoke of slavery” even if it does have the appearance of being easier and lighter? In reality, it may be that the enemy of this world is stealing God’s intended purposes for our lives.
Jesus never promised us a comfortable life. But He did promise us an abundant life, one filled with joy and hope, along with an eternity as part of His royal family.