We live in a world full of restlessness, fear and instability. Yet Jesus offers us peace amidst it all:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 – NIV)
Peace is one of the greatest gifts God gave to mankind.
Yet, often we can feel far from at peace. So how do we as Christians live away from the place of peace that Jesus describes? Erwin McManus illustrates it well when he speaks about worship, and how genuine worship can create a shift of responsibility in our thinking.
When we are feeling overwhelmed by life, feeling the stress, anxiety and the despair, McManus says, it’s because we have taken on responsibility for things that we do not have the power to carry.
He explains that when we do this, it’s like we pitch a horizontal roof over our life. When the rain falls, it gets heavy and our roof collapses. Yet, if we shift our roof to be more vertical, it causes the rain to pour off to the side and water all the fields around it, growing a harvest that eventually bares fruit.
Worshipping God teaches our soul to shift our roof vertically.
This helps us to re-align our internal narrative to, “This is bigger than me. This is not mine to bear. I’m going to give it to God.”
Let’s practise and refine our soul worship, so that when the rain comes, we can continue to be peacemakers who create fruit within the storm.
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