Comfortable Inside

cool comfortableA while back on a very hot day, I was driving in a nearby city. I was listening to a local radio station hoping to hear a weather report. I wanted to know how hot it really was! A commercial came on and for a minute or two diverted my thoughts away from the heat. Appropriately, the commercial was an advertisement for a HVAC company. Their ‘branding phrase’ was, “We Can Make You Comfortable Inside”.

It was a good commercial, concerning the physical world around us. But, then I thought, what about the world inside of us, the spiritual world?  Our language often reflects our internal condition. We say, “We are hot under the collar.” Or we might say, “That really steams me.” Sometimes things like rejection or abuse cause us to say, “That leaves me cold inside”. Also in the physical realm, poor ventilation or dirty filters can cause the air inside our homes to carry pathogens that trigger allergies, make us sick, and cause any number of ailments. Just like we need a reliable HVAC system installed and maintained in our homes, we need a reliable spiritual HVAC system installed and maintained in the inner person.

Is there someone capable of installing and maintaining such a system that can make a person comfortable and healthy in the inner person?  The answer is a resounding, “Yes.” Jesus came into the world so that we through Him could experience control on the inside, in our inner being. We are, with the Lord’s help, able say with the Apostle Paul, “… for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content (comfortable)” (Philippians 4:11) Paul said to young Timothy, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” (1 Timothy 6:6).  Peace and tranquility make us comfortable in our inner person. Jesus can indeed make us comfortable inside. 

When King David’s world was falling apart by his own doing, he cried, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  He realized only God could forgive him and make him comfortable within. When we are in turmoil on the inside, we need to know “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).  The Message Translation offers a beautifully thought, “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace” (2 Corinthians 4:16). 

My Prayer: “That He would grant you, according to His riches of glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…”  (Ephesians 3:16) 

He Can Make You Comfortable Inside.

~ Brother Roy


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