Daily Devotional 11-1-19

Holy Discomfort  
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

“Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5

I have been in some worship situations where I did not feel comfortable because of the sermon. I felt it was targeted at me. It seemed the preacher knew something about me and was inviting me to amend and grow up in love. You may have experienced a similar thing, during worship, or watching a preacher on the TV. You may have thought, I don’t like that preacher; he makes me uncomfortable. Yes, indeed! It is very discomforting when light is shed on some little secrets.

In a vision, Isaiah had seen the Lord in His splendor. He had seen an angel round about the throne of God. This was a holy sight! And, here is the kick:

When Isaiah saw the Lord, he saw himself.

The holiness of God revealed the sinfulness of Isaiah. Thus, he exclaimed, “I am a man of unclean lips…” When we encounter the Lord, His holiness brings to our awareness the stuff we hide in our hearts. We see our true selves when we come face-to-face with the Lord. 

But, I don’t want to be uncomfortable, especially in worship. I don’t want anyone to challenge or invite me to honor the Lord with my actions and thoughts. I want an environment, even in worship, where I am made to feel comfortable in my sins. Yes, I have stuff, but it’s nobody’s business to challenge me to grow out of them.

We should rather be happy and count ourselves blessed when we feel a conviction, but not guilt.  Guilt is the condemnation our sins deserve. Jesus has paid that price already. Conviction is a holy and loving motivation to honor God with the way we live. It is usually a sign that the Holy Spirit is near you. And, you feel uncomfortable because He sheds His light on your sins. 

It is quite dangerous and unhealthy to be in a faith community where you are not encouraged, challenged, and invited to honor God with all of you. Comfort, in this case, could be an ugly spiritual parasite, stunting your spiritual growth.  

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, help me embrace your invitations to honor you with my life.