Ha, so we meet again! Yes I did take a little break but it was only for a week so I don’t fall back. So I’ve been going through a change. A change/growth that has been allowing me to get my bible geek-ness on. I’ve shared this topic in my small group and realized how it is important for me to continually put it into practice; that is to worship in my every season.
At times I feel like I’m in a batting cage and the baseballs keeps coming, sometimes I hit the balls and sometimes I miss them. You ever feel that way? Well, I found encouragement in the word which is found in Acts 16: 16-40. The story begins where Paul and Silas were falsely imprisoned because they were accused of teaching false customs to the Roman people. That’s a lie! What had actually happen was they had rid an evil spirit from a young lady who was able to tell the future. But that wasn’t the reason why they rid the evil spirit, it was because Paul was fed up with her following them around and being loud and obnoxious of who they were. When her owner’s found out that she was no longer to tell the future, they were pissed. No mo big money!
“25 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26 Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off!” (Acts 16: 25-26)”
As humans, we tend to complain to others of our issues or internalize the situation in an attempt to correct the issue in our own time and in our own ways. Honestly, I’ve tried both and it hasn’t truly brought me the best results. What I have realized is that when I worship, it feels as if a load or a burden has been alleviate off of my shoulders. You may not be the best singer or prayer warrior but God still wants your worship. He wants to know that you know that he’s got it all under control, you need not to worry. Matthew 11:28-30 states, 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Psalms 16: 4-5, “Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods. Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.” Let me break this scripture down just a little bit. When it refers to “chase after other gods” its talking about our temporary fixes for example: food, shopping, drinking, racing (yes I said racing), excessive sleeping, not eating, pretty much anything you do to temporarily numb the feeling of pain.
Like David who wrote the Psalms, and Paul and Silas, I love to worship. It may not be my first thing I do when I hear of a loss or experience failure or heartache but I know that my God is in control when I let go and let God do him. Even in writing this, the first thing that came to my mind is timing. There’s a saying that old people used to say, “he may not show up when you want him, but he’s always on time”. God’s timing isn’t the same as ours but in our waiting, we are given the opportunity to either practice the fruits of the spirit which are Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control. Preaching to myself right now lol.
So as you continue on with your day, remember there isn’t anything God won’t do for you! So when you find yourself down and lost, spend sometime in worship with God.