Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Discomfort—Trust—Courage—Blessing Cycle

Some of the biggest lessons of life are also the hardest.  They truly send us into an oblivion of pain for the purposes of eventual profit, in terms of competence and/or character gain, initially, then for blessing later on.
Let’s take the discomfort of humiliation.  Humiliation is to feel humiliated — it’s a perception thing.  It’s not a reality other than being a felt reality.  And we can’t stay there.  Sure, it’s blindsided us, but we have the will to recover.  Humiliation is not the end.  It’s a fresh beginning, if we turn to the Lord who never stops loving us; who has opened His arms to accept us no matter what.
So this is what we need to be aware of:
“Remove sorrow from your heart,
and put away pain from your flesh,
because youth and the prime of life are fleeting.”
— Ecclesiastes 11:10 (HCSB)
You may be older of years, but, hear this, you’re still in the age of your youth; you’re still in the prime of your life.  Youth and the prime of life end at the end of life.  Humiliation at any age is not the end of the story, not by a long stretch.
So, if we’ve met humiliation, the next step, having wilfully accepted it, is the grand expanse of humility.  There’s no better place in the whole of God’s Kingdom than of being contrite of heart.  It may not feel good, but it’s the perfect launching pad from which a submitted spirit takes the step… into trust.
Only from discomfort comes the compelling opportunity to trust with daring resolve.
Trust is superfluous when there’s no reason to risk.  It’s true that there’s little trust required of a person of faith whose life is going swimmingly.  Thank God you have the need to trust in Him fully.  Thank Him that there’s no other way for you in this circumstance.
To trust naturally involves courage; it implicates a determined pluck of passion that will catapult you into your purpose.  It’s always God’s work to situate us in our purpose, for it’s His purpose, but never without trust.  Again, it may not feel good, and it won’t help you feel better, but thank God you’ve got the courage to step forth into the unknown, for which He is revealing your purpose.
From purpose can only come blessing, and when we’re blessed our purpose flourishes ever more.
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When we’re hemmed in with discomfort, we’re forced to find the courage to trust God, so He will lead us out into our purpose, which is His blessing.
Discomfort leads us out of safe environs with no future into a future where unknown environs are scarily awesome.
© 2016 Steve Wickham.

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