Worship gives you confidence in God. That is faith. Your faith will carry you through the challenges in life.
I have been reading a book called Dr. Jordan Metzl's Workout Prescription to help my running. He is a sports medicine doctor. Dr. Metzl is famous for writing prescriptions for exercise. The idea is that exercise builds strength in your body to prevent injury. The best medicine is preventive medicine. This same principle applies to faith.
Challenges come in life. None of us are immune. The question is not if the challenges will come, but when the challenges will come. And how will we face those challenges? Will we face those challenges with a weak faith or a strong faith?
As a pastor, I am privy to many of the challenges so many people face. A person will tell you that everything is good, but if you dig deep enough, you will find not everything is good. There is something with which they struggle. It may be marital strife, work stress, anxiety, debt, financial crisis, depression, self-image, health issues, grief, or addiction. Those are just a few, but I imagine there is a good chance that you are struggling with something on that list. I am hard pressed to find a person who is not wrestling with some issue.
We all struggle through this journey called life, but what I see different is how people respond to the challenges along the journey. People approach the challenges from different perspectives. I know some who face dire circumstances. They are dealt a crushing blow. And while it is by no means easy, they face this crisis with a certain confidence and joy. They give praise to God for being with them as they walk through the valley.
I know others who may also face a challenge but is not the dire circumstance of the other person. It is not a crushing blow. But they are devastated. They are at a loss. They question God’s presence in their life and if God loves them. They don’t see any way out of their situation.
What is the difference between the two people? Why does one take a major loss and respond with confidence while the other takes a minor blow and is knocked out? The difference is strength of faith.
The middle of the crisis is not the time to build faith. That’s not the time to grow faith. That is the time to rely on faith.
It’s before the crisis comes that is the time to strengthen our faith. Our faith is strengthened through worship. Worship is spiritual exercise. Worship sets our eyes on God. You are building spiritual muscle when you recognize the incredible worth, beauty, strength, and majesty of God through worship.
When you have a heart of worship and the challenges come in your life, you will know that God is greater than the storm. You will know he will get you through. You will know he is the Savior. You will know he is God.
Unfortunately, many people don’t turn to God or look to God until the time of crisis. If they don’t know the greatness of God, they are not going to have much confidence in him. So how about you? How is your faith being strengthened through worship? How does a heart of worship give you confidence to endure the storms of life?