Good Morning July 18

Learning to know God is uncomfortable! If we read the Scriptures for what it is, God’s holy Word, it makes us uncomfortable. The whole purpose of God coming among us was to change us. If we didn’t need changing, if we had been good people just as we are, then there was no real point in His going to such great lengths to make Himself one of us. But we do need changing. Our hearts are far from God, and our natural inclinations reject His truth. This has been true since the first time we listened to the serpent in the Garden. Isaiah wrote about his people, “They tell their spiritual leaders, ‘Don’t bother us with irrelevancies.’ They tell their preachers, ‘Don’t waste our time on impracticalities. Tell us what makes us feel better. Don’t bore us with obsolete religion. That stuff means nothing to us. Quit hounding us with The Holy One of Israel.’”(30:10-11 from The Message) In our natural state, we can never be of service to our Lord in His eternal Kingdom. He did come to change us, and that is not comfortable. It challenges our preconceived notions, and forces us to let go of things to which we cling. Making us comfortable or happy is never God’s purpose, but bringing us into the depth of His joy and peace is. This is a far greater blessing.