For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a self-discipline
2 Timothy 1:7
I remember a season of my life, during my sophomore year of college, where things were going good. I could even go as far to say that they were going really good. God was revealing Himself to me in new and exciting ways, I was waking up at the crack of dawn before my classes to be in His word, my prayer journal was full to the brim with praises and requests, and I was experiencing His goodness in my life in a way I never had before.
Sounds really good, right? Right-ish. You see, though this season brought good things, I wasn’t truly content. While my spiritual life appeared to be flourishing (and was to an extent, don’t get me wrong), I allowed my cute little dorm room to become a safe-haven. In fact, it became a little too safe. My desk area was all in order—plush blanket draped over the chair, cute lamp in the corner, floral notebook and journal Bible perfectly in place, the cutest tea cup full of pens, Anthropologie mug full of coffee, and the latest devotional I was doing placed just so for my early morning Instagram picture that I had to share with the world.
While God was teaching me all of these new things and speaking fresh promises over my life, I was too comfortable in my adorable little dorm room. I loved the sweet taste of God’s Word, but didn’t love all of the things He was prompting me to do. I became complacent.
By God’s grace, I was able to recognize the danger in this pattern that I was taking on. I repented and ultimately said yes to one of the biggest things He was telling me to do—travel across the world to the Philippines to go into bars and brothels to serve and love girls and women trapped in the sex industry. I WAS SCARED, but knew that if I was going to fully experience God’s goodness, I had to listen and not just hear.
Complacency will always keep us in fear. Whether we realize it or not, complacency holds us back from moving forward into better things, especially the good, good things that God has for us in this life.
And contentment is different than complacency. Contentment doesn’t only mean that we are at peace with the things God is doing in our life, but it also means being at peace with what God is telling us to do.
What is it that is holding us back and keeping us bound in fear?
Are we truly allowing God to give us a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline, ready and willing to step out of complacency into true contentment?
God, thank You for giving us a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. Help us to surrender any fear that is holding us back from fully experiencing Your presence in our life and enable us to truly listen to what You are speaking into our lives. Amen.