Sometimes God causes us discomfort in order to make us take action, learn a lesson, or move His plan forward. The sad thing about this is we’re quick to blame discomfort on demonic attack. Israel was led into the desert for forty years by God. There was no comfort in Jesus’ crucifixion, yet that was God’s plan. After Jesus’ resurrection, the church focused on the area around Jerusalem and that was it. It wasn’t until the persecution of the beginning church that they dispersed into the rest of the world. Was it an attack? Sure, but it was also used by God to get his people out of their comfort zone and start following His plan.
You see, in the modern church, we are too quick to blame things on the devil or demonic attack. I don’t remember Jesus ever saying “the devil made me do it” or “I’m being attacked by the devil.” Not once. Even when Satan was tempting him, it was preempted by an often ignored verse that says the Holy Spirit led him out to the wilderness for the purpose of being tempted (Matthew 4:1). Wait, what? Yeah, guess what? Jesus’ temptation was actually God’s plan, not an attack by the devil.
God is more concerned with building our character and accomplishing His plan than He is our comfort. The devil gets too much credit when things “go wrong,” especially when things going wrong is a matter of perspective.
We’ve been trying to move for the last 4 months or so, yet we’re still waiting for someone to buy our house. A whole lot of things have “gone wrong” during this waiting time. Does that mean I’m being attacked? Not at all. Despite the discomfort of the situation (especially the waiting without knowing), I know this is all part of God’s plan. What most people don’t realize about our move is that it is God directed. And He has confirmed it over and over to both Kim and I that we need to move. Yet here we are, waiting. Are we being attacked in our waiting? Hardly. We’re being tested and grown in patience and having to trust in God’s timing rather than our own.
I’ve had job situations where on the outside it may have looked like I was being attacked, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. In one instance, I was in a job I hated. My breaking point happened when my boss came up and started cussing me out. I started looking for a new job and couldn’t find one. After a few weeks, I finally gave up and told God if this is where He wanted me, I’d stay. I gave up control. Less than a week later, I had a new job offer. Lesson learned, which was the point. It wasn’t an attack, it was a God ordained discomfort so I could learn to trust Him despite my circumstances.
We need to realize that sometimes God is causing our discomfort so we’ll stop our excuses and start acting. “I don’t have time” is a famous excuse that is completely meaningless. No one has time. Yet we all find time for the things we want to do. What if we simply traded our TV, video game, or any other wasted time for something important. While learning to program, I didn’t spend much time gaming - it wasn’t important enough. It would have been easy to say “I don’t have time to learn to program” but it would have been a lie. There’s always enough time to do what’s important enough.
Excuses and blame go hand in hand. It promotes the victim mentality instead of looking at what we could be doing or what God is wanting us to do. The victim mentality is an escapist way of thinking, not an intentional way of thinking. Stop the blame. Stop the excuses. Start praying and seeking God. See what He has called you to and start acting on it. God might be the one causing your discomfort so you’ll start doing what He wants you to do.