Instead of worrying, we believe.

Awesome sermon today on the gospel of peace. It’s part of a series going through the armor of God section of Ephesians 6.

“…with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace”  Eph. 6:15

Having this peace enables us to stand up against the devil’s schemes. It prepares us for whatever may come our way. We’re ready.

Jesus told his disciples in John 14 to just believe. Believe that Jesus and the Father are one. But at times that’s just not that easy. We say, but God, this is weighing me down, I’m not in control of this, I’m worried about that; just believe doesn’t cut it.

So Jesus adds,

“or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves” John 14:11

Remember. Look back at the times where God pulled you through. Recall the miracles in your own life. How you’ve grown. How He’s always been there for you. Remember.

Our worries and anxiety need to be a catalyst for belief. We rely on God to be there for us like he has in the past. That is the peace He offers, preparing us for what’s to come.

So the sermon is now over and we stand to sing. Well played God, well played. We close the service with Amazing Grace. Any other day of the year, I’m fine. But not today. June 2. I opened my mouth and the words didn’t come out. My eyes started watering. Amazing Grace.  If any song could lead me to remember the past that God has brought me through, that’s it. Today marks four years since Dan died. When the music started, that phone call rang through my body. I was back in the church pew, bawling at the funeral. So I stood there, remembering.

I am amazed at where I’m at today. What God has brought me through. How much I’ve grown.

You may know that I’m currently waiting. I’m waiting to see if a door will open with a new job. I’ve heard, “I’ll get back to you in a couple days” a couple times now. Some people (like my mom) are worrying about it for me. Sure, I want to know what’s going on. I want to set out on a new adventure. But it is out of my hands right now. That worry is a catalyst for me to believe. And looking back on where I started and where I’m at now, I have peace. The same God who was with me then, is here for me now. Regardless of where life takes me, that will remain true.

All of this was wrapped up with a pretty bow when I got into my car to head home. Newsong’s “Same God” came on the radio.

“The same God who was with you then is with you now. The same God who led you in will lead you out. So take all the fear and doubt, go on and lay them down. The same God, the same God is with you now. Just keep holding on.”