One of the dangers for American Christians is that we create an American form of Christianity. By that I mean, we assume that God wants us all to live in comfort. In the U.S., that’s how we define success – by the size of our house, the car we drive, and how many toys we have. The better off we are, the more we must be favored by God.
Tell that to the 6.8 billion people who live in the 152 developing countries of the world. Where they never heard of air conditioning, the water is not clean, and disease is rampant.
The Bible never says God’s will is that you have an easy life, with every comfort of the 21st century. What it does say is that God’s goal for us is that we be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29).
But what about Gods’ promise of an abundant life (John 10:10)? Good question. Here’s my answer – God promised an abundant life, not an easy life. Or even a comfortable life.
Recovery is not about being blessed, but blessing others. It’s less about sobriety than recovery. It turns our eyes toward the needs of others.
Recovery Step: If God gives you great comfort, praise him for that. If he doesn’t, praise him anyway.