Daily Devotional – Isaiah‬ 42:16 – December 17, 2023

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
Isaiah‬ 42:16‬

Comfort zones are something all human beings can relate too. We all have something that is comfortable to us. Maybe for you it’s the hometown you grew up in. Or a relationship with your parents, sibling, wife or husband. Perhaps it’s the comfort of the day-to-day routine and working the same job for years. Or even a comfort food on the menu at your favorite restaurant. Whatever it or who or where it is, we all have something, someone, or somewhere that is comfortable to us.

Being comfortable is not a bad thing. Yet, being comfortable can hinder us from furthering our relationship with God. Sometimes following God means giving up your comfort, maybe to follow his call to foreign missions, move to a new city, give more to the church, or even add another child to your family. When you completely give yourself and your heart over to God he can and will do great things and reward you for trusting him enough to step out of your comfort zone.

Stepping out of a comfort zone may feel a lot like being blind. You have no certain way of seeing what will come from stepping out of the comfort you know and love, leaving you blind and afraid of the unknown. Perhaps a big change is happening in your life whether at work or home, or maybe you’re in the middle of a move, and you feel very uncomfortable. Yet as God says in the verse above he will lead and guide you down unfamiliar paths. He will bring light to the darkness before you. He will make the bumpy uncertain roads smooth. He will not forsake you.

Time and time again in Scripture men and women stepped out of their comfort zones. Noah built the ark. Rahab invited spies into their home and hid them. Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. Mary, a virgin, carried and gave birth to Jesus. Peter stepped out and walked on water when Jesus invited him. These are just a few examples throughout the Old and New Testament of men and women blindly stepping out of the comfort zone, putting their trust in God. How will you put your trust in God and take a step out of your comfort zone today?

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the comfortable lives we live. Thank you for a warm place to lay our heads and the safety of being in your presence. God help me to be bold, and to trust you. Lead me like you lead the blind, to step out of my comfort zone to travel down the unknown path. Guide me Father and help me exercise building trust in you as I surrender my own control and comfort.
In Jesus’ Name,

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