Complacency as Merriam-Webster describes is,” self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies,” with an accompanying example as, “When it comes to safety, complacency can be dangerous.”
Christians sometimes become complacent and comfortable. We walk through life “knowing” that we are in control. We do what we want to do and when we want to do it. Everything must happen according to, “our terms,” right? God gives us power through Him to operate according to His will. He wants us to succeed. He wants us to have joy and prosperity. However, He still wants a relationship with us. We mess it up when we forget that he is the source and our guide. It’s easy to get distracted by our situations and it’s while we’re complacent and distracted that is as Merriam-Webster states, “when it comes to safety, complacency can be dangerous.” The enemy wants us distracted from God. He wants us to be self-seeking and self-gratifying. He knows that when we are caught up in ourselves that we aren’t connected to our Source. Just when we think we’ve got it all together and we’re juiced up on Sunday’s sermon, we study less of Christ’s Word Monday through Saturday. We pray less. Our worship becomes less habitual. We become lukewarm. Most of all we get disconnected from the Source causing danger to sneak up on us. Jesus Himself states in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (NIV). The Lord gives us the authority over our lives. He knows that we have to be deeply rooted in Him to be able to stand strong against the nature of the world. We as followers of Christ have to make sure to always remember that He gives us the authority. In the midst of the whirlwinds and smooth sailing that we experience in our lives we must avoid complacency and stay connected with the Father because He is our Arc of Safety.