In the world but not of it

August 25, 2010

Complacency…

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“How long are you going to wait before taking possession”…Joshua 18:3

Complacency is a dangerous place, a dangerous characteristic that we all have experienced at one time or another.

The definition of the word right from Webster’s dictionary means;

A feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition…

This would be a good time to remind ourselves of the childhood story concerning the frog in water. You know the story; the frog that is placed in water while the water is being slowly brought to a boil does not realize it until it is too late. But if you took that same frog and threw him into a pot of boiling water he would immediately jump out.

I once thought that it was strictly the cares of the world that drove this condition of complacency in us but it is more than that. It can also be, and often is, the simple desire to not have our lives be disturbed, interrupted and brought outside our comfort zone.

Our lives are intended to be books filled with chapters penned by God’s hand, yet the complacency that we allow to overtake us has kept God waiting to complete one chapter and get to the next.

The work that the Lord has desired to do in us and the place of blessing He has prepared for us is at risk of decaying. The children of Israel failed to drive out all the people they were instructed to and those same people became thorns in their side. They got tired in the battle and in most cases of the battle, they became weary and it became much easier to compromise, agree, accept and be complacent rather than continue to fight the good fight.

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48

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