‘The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.’ Psalm 29.4
The Bible goes to great lengths to speak about the sheer power of the voice of God; we are told that God spoke and creation came into being. The sobering thought is that we also seem to have great power – the power to resist. Rather than resist and disobey the voice of God revealed in scripture, a worshipper is one who takes what God has spoken, seeks to understand it and lives out the truth of it.
When you are going through hard times – whether it be anxiety, sadness, confusion, sickness or something else – rather than allow yourself to be dragged down by all you are going through, find a promise of God that speaks to the contrary. For example, you may be feeling very alone with your worries, but in the last verse of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus promised: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Find a promise from the Bible and give some thought to what God is saying to you through it. Try to learn it so that you can repeat it to yourself and take his word - his living voice - with you into your situation so that it can make a difference. Don’t resist – be a worshipper!
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