Noted leadership expert John C. Maxwell has said, “If we are growing we are always going to be outside of our comfort zone.” We should get used to the idea that God wants to grow us and leads us where we are uncomfortable in order to accomplish this.
To love Him and wait for Him is to follow where He leads. If we really want to get to where God is taking us, we can’t rely on past experiences and must be ready to move outside our comfort zones. The prophet Isaiah experienced wonders of God and understood well that God’s thoughts are infinitely beyond our own. His ways are as much higher than our ways as heaven is higher than earth.
Prepare to be stretched. Have an open mind toward the things of God. Our minds must be open to avoid the trap of preconception, but not so open that our thoughts veer outside the boundaries presented by His word. Proverbs 16:25 tells us why it is so important to stay within His scriptural boundaries.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
God plainly warns us about the result of leaving His way for our own. It is dangerous to “lean on your own understanding.” As Jesus tells us in John 8:31-32:
If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Abiding in His word is to live, continue and remain in the Bible. That is how we know His truth and it is that truth that makes us free to live according to His plan. Decide to increase the time you spend in His word, it will be worth it.