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Have you ever thought about the difference between peace and complacency? In a world full of brokenness, we all search for that peace that surpasses understanding, but it’s alarming how easily complacency can disguise itself as peace. Have we traded God’s peace for the comfort of complacency?
The Dangers of Settling For How Things Are
There’s something I used to pray about continually–something important. Then one day it struck me that although I had surrendered it to God, I had also stopped praying about it. The answer had not yet come, but it’s like I just gave up. Perhaps the peace of surrendering was instead the complacency of settling.
When we settle for the way things are, we miss all the possibilities of the way things could be. What are we accepting as good?
Good is good. God is good. But when we say things like I’m good and it’s all good have we accepted things as they are and that’s it? It is all good as long as it doesn’t mean we’re settling. That we’ve quit doing what we’ve been called to do. That we’ve quit praying for that thing or that person or that people. That we’ve become complacent.
Here’s the definition of complacency straight from Merriam-Webster:
Complacency – a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better : a complacent feeling or condition.
Now here’s the definition of peace also from Merriam-Webster:
Peace – freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions: harmony in personal relations.
Side by side, which would you choose?
Check this out:
You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me;
you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!
In little more than a year you who feel secure will tremble;
the grape harvest will fail, and the harvest of fruit will not come.”
Isaiah 32:9-10 (NIV)
And the work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.”
Isaiah 32:17 (NASB)
Girlfriend, we need to rise up and listen. When we become complacent, we’re probably good when things are good. But what happens when the trials come? When we stray from our firm foundation we’ll crumble like a cookie.
What Are The Dangers of Complacency?
- It stunts our spiritual growth.
- It blurs the lines between comfortable and comfort.
- It causes us to settle for less than God’s best.
- It keeps us stuck when we need to move forward.
- It makes us lukewarm, neither hot nor cold.
- It tempts us to withdraw-to become isolated.
- It will distance us from God.
Are we finding comfort in true peace, or settling for the comfortable of complacency?
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27 NASB
I didn’t see the words PEACE or FREEDOM in the definition of complacency, did you? Of course, Jesus peace is supernatural. You won’t find that definition in Merriam-Webster. That’s why God says it’s a peace that surpasses all understanding. We can have it even when it doesn’t make sense.
- Stay in prayer without ceasing–which means don’t give up.
- Stay close to the sisterhood-Isolation is a dangerous place. Don’t go there.
- Stay alert because the enemy loves when we’re distracted.
The world needs to know that true peace is found in Jesus.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever become complacent?
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