He cares more about our character than our comfort.
Years ago that saying made such an impact on my soul. I wasn’t very comfortable. I was a mess with a mysterious illness and three little ones to nurture. But the truth of that statement helped me get a grip on the purposes of our God. He will do whatever it takes to bring us to the place He has prepared for us.
Max Lucado, A Gentle Thunder:
How far do you want God to go in getting your attention? If God has to choose between your eternal safety and your earthly comfort, which do you hope he chooses?
What if He moved you to another land? (As He did Abraham.) What if he called you out of retirement? (Remember Moses?) How about the voice of an angel or the bowel of a fish? (A la Gideon and Jonah.) How about a promotion like Daniel’s or a demotion like Samson’s?
God does what it takes to get our attention. Isn’t that the message of the Bible? The relentless pursuit of God. God on the hunt. God in the search. Peeking under the bed for hiding kids, stirring the bushes for lost sheep.
What’s happening in your life today that may be God working to get your attention?
Come back to the LORD your God, because He is kind and shows mercy. He doesn’t become angry quickly, and He has great love. ~Joel 2:13