But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Cor. 9:27
As we grow in our faith, (when we are growing and taking steps to a greater height with God), we must all be careful of pitfalls and our comfort. Our period of comfort is our period of greatest vulnerability, reason we are encouraged by Paul to continue to examine ourselves and keep ourselves under subjection, lest we lose the promise. Let’s look at Queen Vashti, she was the wife of king Ahasuerus and had become so comfortable with her exalted position and the banquet she was giving for women in the royal palace that she defied the king and his command and within hours was dethroned and replaced.(Esther 1:10-22)
We are most vulnerable at the point of extreme comfort, David did not fall into sin until he became king. When he was struggling in the cave of Adullam with discontentment, he did not fall into sin. Just reading his psalms shows how he sought God diligently in the season of pain. When he became king however, he became comfortable and was sleeping and resting at his palace when he should have been at the battle front, ( 2 Sam, 11:1-5), thus sin was waiting at his door. Nebuchadnezzar was in an exalted position as king when it got into his head and he boasted against God. ( Dan. 4:4-7) and then he became a beast of the field for seven years until he acknowledged God’s superiority.
Please, let us not get to the level of comfort where we fail to check ourselves. Do not ever get too familiar with God or His word…Vashti’s familiarity with her husband led to her fall. Some of us become over familiar with the things of God and think we know Him so much that we take Him for granted. I am humbled by the experience of Moses. God adjudged him the meekest man on the face of the earth (Num. 12:1-8), and he heard from God consistently, moving with the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire, he had previously sought God’s mercy on account of the stubborn Israelites and God heard but he made one slip in 40 years of walking with God and God said he would not enter into the promised land. Pause! One mistake? Isn’t God a God of mercy? Why didn’t God write It off?
So, you have been consciously walking with God and seeking His face, and then He begins to answer your prayers and then you get very comfortable and start to slip. Your hearing becomes dulled and like David, you are in the wrong place at the wrong time and highly vulnerable. Hmm….My moments of greatest vulnerability have often been just following a breakthrough or some great comfort when I just took it all a little too easy. Yes, like David, sin was waiting at my door. Let us be careful and bring our bodies under subjection, Moses preached to others, Joshua and Caleb(whom he led) entered into the promised land, he did not, Vashti was replaced by someone better.
Your destiny is worth too much, your purpose in God as well. When you get too comfortable, you are prone to laziness and attacks that can cost you your destiny. Yes, there is grace as David enjoyed but there was pain alongside, pain that would have been avoided if David stayed alert. Be sober and vigilant. Walk in God’s grace and never get too comfortable!!!
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