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Comfort in the I-don’t-know-times

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By Dave Henning / March 26, 2019

“We think we want comfort in the I-don’t-know times of life.  But comfort isn’t a solution to seek; rather it’s a by-product we’ll reap when we stay close to the Lord.”- Lysa TerKeurst

In Chapter 10 (“Fighting Words”) of It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa TerKeurst asserts that thousands of scenarios evoke feelings of fear, exhaustion, and uncertainty.  Because life fails to meet our expectations.  Also, most likely you feel that you can’t change your situation.  Yet, you must live through the reality of that current situation.

However, Ms. TerKeurst insists, time exist when you simply must walk in your “I-don’t-know”.  In addition, it’s exhausting and scary walking in the “I-don’t-know”.  As a result, we weary of the struggle.  And the tentacles of the fear of the unknown threaten to exert strangling effects on us.

Thus, Lysa observes, we wonder when this crazy train will stop so we can get off.  The author writes:

“We all keep thinking, if we can just get through this circumstance, then life will settle down and finally the words happily ever after will scroll across the glorious scene of us skipping happily into the sunset.  But what if life settling down and all your disappointments going away would be the worst thing that could happen to you.  What if your “I-don’t-know” is helping you, not hurting you?”

Furthermore, Ms. TerKeurst sees the comfort and certainties we crave today as a deadly recipe for complacency.  A complacency drawing our hearts further and further away from God.

In Jeremiah 48, Lysa states, nothing jarred the Moabites from their complacency.  Since they saw no need to draw upon the Lord’s strength, their hearts strayed far from Him.  Therefore, they grew  increasingly distant from God.  So they resisted His ways.  As Lysa concludes, getting “lulled into a false sense of security is worse than going through the process of suffering.”

Today’s question: What Bible verses keep you from seeking comfort in the I-don’t-know times of life?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Sip the suffering of today”

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Dave Henning


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