Changes always stir us out of our comfort zones. Some times our comfort zones become so familiar and comfortable, we do not recognize that things and times, they are a-changing. It is said that get a frog comfortable in a cauldron of water and then bring the water to a slow boil. The frog would rather stay put and slowly boil to death rather than jump out, which it could easily do.
The Israelites were comfortable in their hovels in Egypt, even if they knew they were slaves. When faced with the hardships and difficulties of their wandering in the desert, they complained to Moses. They’d rather live as slaves in the comforts of Egypt rather than live as free men in the wilderness that is the desert.
While Christ offered words of wisdom and hope to many; He also made many people uncomfortable during His times. He shook people out of their comfort zones. The religious leaders wanted Him dead because He exposed them for the hypocrites that they were. Some towns and communities barred Him because they would rather remain undisturbed rather than listen to His message of hope and love. For the latter would have entailed changing their lives as He called them to repentance and turning away from their sinful ways.
I long for balance and equilibrium in my life. But too long in such a state will eventually lead me to complacency and mediocrity. Stagnant water becomes stale and sooner or later turbid. To keep water fresh, there should be constant motion and flow. Such is the law or nature. Such is the way of the Spirit.
To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.