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Worship God, Not Comfort
Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. JOB 13:15
When I go to church, I love to worship God in song. I've found that closing my eyes and singing to Him without being distracted by people is a very satisfying experience. I love what happens when the Holy Spirit speaks through the Scriptures, realigns my attitude and calls my heart to worship and reflect on His goodness and mercy. I love all the things that make worship services so full—the choir, the baptisms, the Lord's Supper.
But if we really want to learn how to worship, we must do it when the microphones are turned off and the singers have gone home, when the room is quiet and our hearts aren't fueled by feelings that swell with the music. We must learn to worship in the midst of life . . . and even in the midst of suffering.
Non-negotiable Number Seven: Worship God, Not Comfort
You may be in the midst of a true season of pain. Perhaps this season has lingered and has now become two seasons. Perhaps you've looked for comfort but haven't found much. Maybe your heart aches and feels empty. Has your lack of comfort dried up your words of worship? Has the loss of ease emptied your heart of gratitude?
It may be that the most important thing you could do is also one of the most unnatural things you could ever imagine doing: Giving thanks to God, praising and worshiping Him. Regardless of your circumstances.
Worship in its truest form ascribes and acknowledges that the truth is about God. Worship reminds us of who He is and who we aren't. He alone is God. He is in control. He is the just God, the compassionate and loving God. He knows everything. He knows our condition.
God-centered worship ultimately comforts us because it reminds us of the truth about life. It brings hope.
When life seems most uncomfortable, worship God.
Talk about how you best worship God. Discuss how you could encourage one another to engage in real worship each day.
Ask God to teach you how to truly worship Him when things aren't comfortable.