by: FCC Staff
Conditioned by Comfort
“Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir” Proverbs 29:21
What do you think of when you hear the word “pamper?” I tend to see everything through the lens of a dad – so my mind goes straight to diapers. Comfy, cushy, soft on the tushy diapers. How else would you want your diapers?
Unfortunately, some of us never grow out of the desire for comfort. In fact, many of us find the quest for a comfortable life incredibly appealing. So much so that we do everything within our power to orchestrate our priorities and responsibilities accordingly. Why is that unfortunate? Well, Proverbs 29:21 answers that for us when it says, “Whoever pampers his servant from childhood will in the end find him his heir.”
At first glance, this proverb can be confusing. In fact, there has been much debate over the Hebrew word “manon.” While the NIV translates this as “one who brings grief,” the ESV retains a more serious tone. If one pampers their servant from youth, not only will that cause grief for their master, but the master is in danger of replacing his own children in the household hierarchy!
In this democratic age, the idea that one should have this kind of authority over someone is perhaps offensive, but the principle applies in any age. People become undisciplined and unreliable when conditioned by comfort.
Rather than allowing the relentless pursuit of comfort drive our day to day decisions, let us remember the words of Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” As Christ followers, we are running a race with our focus on Jesus. It’s not always easy, nor comfortable – but it is good.
Prayer for today: Lord, shift our focus from what is easy to what is good. Help us to recognize what is valuable to invest our time and effort into. Thank you for the many blessings you’ve given us. Amen.