You know how I feel about comfort zones. If you find yourself in one, you better run as fast as you can to get OUT! God did not create you to live in a comfort zone. He created you to do big things in this world and make an impact–starting where you are with what you’ve got!
The other day I was reading about when the Israelites were getting ready to enter into the promised land…
“Now the sons of Reuben and of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle, and they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead [on the east side of the Jordan], and behold, the place was suitable for cattle. So the sons of Gad and of Reuben came and said to Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the leaders of the congregation, [The country around] Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, ‘The land the Lord smote before the congregation of Israel, is a land for cattle, and your servants have cattle.’And they said, ‘If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.'” (Numbers 32:1-3)
I went back and read this passage several times, there they were, just on the edge of crossing over into the promised land and stopped to look around them. The land was “suitable.” It wasn’t even that great or amazing, justsuitable. And the real shocker was this–they wanted to STAY THERE!
How many times do we get within an arm’s reach of our dreams and then back away in fear? Here’s the reality–even though we may be just a reach away, we have to reach into the unknown to get it. It’s scary. There are voices of mediocrity all around us, saying things like:
“That’s only for the special people. What makes you so special?”
“Don’t stir up the waters. This is life. Get used to it.”
“You’ve got enough. Why can’t you just be happy with that?”
Pretty soon, we begin to look around us, shrug our shoulders, and get content with what is “suitable.” But, God did not create you to live in “suitable.” He created you for a land that is flowing with milk and honey. A land of abundance. A land with wells you did not dig, vineyards you did not plant, and houses you did not build. He created you for the promised land. And when God gives you a promise, He keeps it!
But you’ve got to make the first move.
Everyone has their Jordan they need to cross over. It’s scary there. It’s unknown. There are deep waters and strong winds. But Jesus talked to the water and He talked to the wind. And He is speaking to your heart today. He says, “Let not your heart be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me” (John 14:1).
And if God is for us, can anything be against us?
Don’t get stuck in suitable. Keep dreaming! Keep reaching! Keep crossing over that Jordan! Your promised land is just an arm’s reach away.