Wor[k]ship: A Personal Application

If you’re on track with my entries, last week I wrote something about living a lifestyle of worship in the workplace (check  https://musingovercoffee.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/workship/).  I find it interesting because I got to engage in a similar discussion with a disciple of mine just this past Saturday.  I find it absolutely cool.  But it’s likewise challenging because the Lord would usually (and immediately) put to test what He has been teaching you. Like a regular student, you undergo long exams so your teacher would know if you really got the lesson or not.  Today, though, it wasn’t just about theory but life application.

I was about to finish my day at work earlier this afternoon.  I went out of the therapy area and what caught my attention was not my last student, but his mother who was in tears.  In an instant, I had to bring them to a separate room.  I was unsure of what to do next, but all I was able to utter was this question:  “How can I help you?”  For a moment there, I was surprised I asked that.  It was never my intention to meddle with personal matters, but I recognized that it was a divine appointment.  I didn’t have the time to get back to my contract and check if this was part of my job description.  I wanted to be very cautious, but I felt God nudging me to minister to this hurting parent.  I listened, but the matter was too heavy that I could not give an answer.  I caught myself being silent for a couple of seconds.  I took a deep breath, and asked if I could pray for her.  And she agreed.  After we prayed together, she admitted that she had nobody else to open her problem to, since all she had during that moment was her 4-year-old child (my student). As I continued to listen, I was simply awestruck by God’s work.  This situation is certainly bigger than myself, so I’m thankful to the Lord for breaking through mightily at that particular moment.

I have to be honest, friends.  At the level of my own fleshly nature, I could have just ignored the matter.  I could have just walked away, and went straight to do my task. But seeing this through the lens of Jesus, I had to step out in faith.  I desired to please my heavenly Master and do the task that He’s placed in my heart to do – to serve and love His people even when it’s inconvenient.

By God’s grace, I could say that I love where I am now not because it’s easy, but because I get to meet people who have a sense of brokenness within them. I love where the Lord has planted me, because He’s blessed me with such an opportunity to bring the church outside of its four walls.

Two weeks ago, I remember myself preaching to our youth group that the church in its in original Greek text would refer to the people (“assembly”, “congregation”) and not the structure.  The church is a living organism, capable of movement, where Jesus is at its very core.  (Oh, what a way to put this truth in application!)

As I recall what transpired today, I could only stand in awe of God.  I’m so thankful that it was Him who moved and that He enabled me to flee from the temptation of being apathetic.  I’m thankful for the parent who opened her heart to me, even if we hardly knew each other.  I’m grateful for each detail — for the Lord was in it, above it, behind it, through it.  All these things were definitely for His glory and for our good.


An Unlikely Solution

Before reading any further, I would like to lead you to chapters 18 and 19 of the book of 2 Kings. Please take some time to meditate on the said chapters, so you could have a clearer understanding of these Scripture passages’ context before we move on.


Scripture emphasis on:  2 Kings 19:15-19

Hezekiah, a man of God, faces probably his toughest challenge in his fourteenth year as king of Judah.  The Assyrians were practically everywhere, taking captive every city that they could find.  “Now, it is time for Judah to fall into our hands!” the Assyrians must have thought.

Their king sent some officials and a whole army to Hezekiah, mocking him and his people, and throwing insults at God – the very same God whom we worship today.  But Hezekiah was firm in his resolve to not answer back (2 Kings 18:36).  What was this good king planning? He didn’t have enough horsemen (v. 23)!  He was even gripped by fear and, perhaps, a lack of hope (2 Kings 19:3)! Does he still have something up his sleeve?

You would witness at this point that Hezekiah, even if he already was in the position of a king, was not exempted from all these weaknesses.  That is sure.  He was just like you and me. However, what’s amazing about him is how he responded to this particular problem.  What did he do? He inquired and poured his heart out before the Lord, in prayer (2 Kings 19:15-19).  He did not answer back to the Assyrian officials; but He chose to be in the Lord’s presence by praying in the temple.

If you think about it, prayer can be considered an unlikely and unnatural response to our circumstances.  On a typical scenario, you might rather go to your own set of friends to unload your “personal baggage”.  Others, resort to drinking alcohol or munching on food to battle depression. Prayer will most likely fall as our last option.

You might be wondering how Hezekiah’s story ended by now. Hold on, we’ll get there soon.

At the time of greatest trouble, God responded to his heart’s cry in a manner nobody expected. In 2 Kings 19:35, it says: “… it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead.” Oh, what victory they had on that day!  They didn’t have to lift a finger.  Hezekiah and his people held tightly in prayer; and events concluded with God working wonders!

Truly, truly, I tell you that God works in the lives of those who trust in Him!  He hears our prayers, our hopes, and our cries!  He works, even when He seems quiet. He moves, even if we don’t understand all the situations that come our way.  Regardless, God is God – and He really is Someone who delights talking to His beloved children and to care for their needs.

Therefore now I invite you, my friend, to start a habit of daily conversation with the Lord in prayer. Set a definite time and place where you can regularly meet with Him.  Open your Bible again; grab a pen and write on a journal.  We can only know our God and Savior by allowing Him to reveal His heart in Scriptures and to enjoy His presence in our times of fervent prayer.  Start it now, as you take all these to heart, and make knowing God our utmost priority.

Encouragement in this “Waiting Season”

In my personal “waiting season”, this Scripture passage has always been God’s encouragement.  May the truth of this psalm minister to you as well. 🙂

“I waited patiently for the LORD;

He turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

He set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place to stand.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the LORD

and put their trust in Him.”

— Psalm 40:1-3