God does not call us to go to places of comfort, He calls us to places we cannot endure without Him.
So many faithful men and women of the Bible give us encouragement in this truth.
Noah, Abraham, David, Jonathan, Esther, Jonah, Ruth & Paul to name just a few.
Even these “famous” followers had fear and doubt…yet, with the Lord’s help, they stepped into their purpose to do His great work.
I have found that it is often the short distances God asks us to travel that “trip” us up.
The distance between loving our neighbor as ourselves, or harder still…loving our enemy as ourselves.
As we finished this week’s study in “Believing Jesus” we took a closer look at those places we overlook. Those we knowingly and unknowingly discriminate against.
Loving and supporting our family members who “seem unlovable” (as Ruth), loving a Jew as Roman soldier, loving a Roman soldier as a Jew (Cornelius & Peter)…showing a child their worth among men (as Jesus did), caring for those who have opposing views (“good Samaritan), loving a sinner who others shunned (Jesus & the Samarian at the well).
These are the places we tend to pass by, ignoring the Holy Spirit’s prompting because it might be too uncomfortable.
Like Isaiah, I want to be willing enough to say, “Lord, send me” and then go…to whomever He calls me to love.
Without the Lord’s provision this is impossible for our human heart.
God, please give me your heart to love your people…and the obedience to act…daily.