Last Updated on: 7th May 2024, 12:55 pm

“You can rejoice greatly, even though for a short time, if necessary, you may experience heaviness due to various trials.” – 1 Peter 1:6

Trials are universally disliked, and discomfort is rarely embraced voluntarily, which may shed light on our tendency towards self-sabotage or settling for lives smaller than we were designed for. However, at times, discomfort is a necessary catalyst for us to break free from the limitations of our comfort zones.

God, understanding our innate inclination towards comfort, knows that unless we voluntarily step outside these zones, we may require external motivation to spur us into action. Why? Because everything we aspire for often lies beyond the boundaries of our familiar territory. Yet, we might resist leaving the safety of what is known. Nevertheless, by refusing to expand the borders of our comfort zone, we inadvertently limit ourselves from embracing new and superior experiences. Furthermore, there’s the peril that our adversary will seek to shrink the borders of our territory and thus constrain our encounter with life.

God, however, is neither punitive nor unkind; He harbours our best interests. This is precisely why He may permit adverse experiences to enter our lives. Left solely to our own devices and our excessive fixation on what is familiar and comfortable, we inevitably drift towards stagnation and decay; and thus, enter adversity!

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