Mark Affleck

Avocados Are Comfort Food, But NOT Comfort

September 29, 2018
Spiritual Growth

We don’t just look to avocados and other comfort foods for comfort. We’re constantly hunting for comfort zones and comfort stations and the creature comforts of life. And we try very hard to avoid things that are “too close for comfort.”
Of course comfort is something that we all need in this life on planet earth! And there’s nothing wrong with avocados and comfort stations. The question is the source of our comfort–where we get real and deep and meaningful and enduring comfort. The answer to that question is GOD.
The problem comes when we get too comfortable and land in a comfort zone of our own design. These comfort zones make us feel safe and secure. They seduce us into thinking that this is where we must stay. They whisper commands to stay put and don’t venture out. They convince us that we do not want anything to change.
We all know how much easier it is to slip into the rut of doing the same thing over and over than it is to trust God for a new direction and the power to make a move toward that end.
The key to putting comfort in its proper perspective is looking to God as the source of all comfort–especially in times of pain and trial–because he wants to help us get through life stronger with each step. He also wants to build us up in this way so WE can comfort others through Christ and the Holy Spirit.
The more we suffer for Christ, the more God will bless us with his comfort. It doesn’t matter how much “trouble” we are facing, God is our comforter.
And avocados are very good!
I ask God to help me help others find comfort in him and escape the bonds of relying on their own, manufactured comfort zones ahead over turning to the Lord of Heaven and earth. .
If your comfort zone has become a prison, ask God for help in sorting out what is keeping you trapped in that oppressive cell.
“For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”  2 Corinthians 1:5-7

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