August 27, 2018 and somebody, somewhere is thinking over the toils of your life. You tried writing your troubles but your hand got tired and paper ran out. You’ve tried to budget your money but it still runs out before the month. You’ve been faithful to worship but worrying is still keeping you up. You stood at the altar, cast all your burdens on the Lord and you’re still being weighed down by the woes of life. Tithing and still being terrorized by the enemy. When will it get better? When will the pain stop? When will people stop misusing and abusing me? When will something, anything, change in my favor? All questions you have pondered night after night and in the midst of day. Well, I wish I had the solution to your situation, the cure to your calamity, the answer to your affliction, the fix to your fight and the therapy to your troubles but I don’t. What I can tell you is this … do not stop worshipping! I don’t care what it looks like, worship when you cannot understand. When bills are due and you don’t have the money; worship. When sickness attacks your body and the news is grim, worship. When your name is being lied on, worship. When children acting out, worship. When death has shown up more times than you can handle, worship. When the car been repossessed, calls of foreclosure, cut-off notices and overdue bills; worship. Car will not start after putting your last into it, worship. When it seems like depression has a death grip on your life, worship. Worship, even when it does not make sense. Why? Because worship + faith has the ability to work some things in your favor.
Come here Canaanite woman. She goes to Jesus because her daughter is possessed by a demon. She cries but Jesus ignores her. Disciples saying send her away because she is bothering us and Jesus replying, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” In which she, Bible shares in Matthew 15:25, “Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.” She knelt down in worship only to be called a dog. An unpleasant name that should have offended her but while she is still on her knees before Him, she replies, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Matthew 15:28, “Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.” This woman worshipped even when it did not make sense. What didn’t make sense? Number one, her ask of Jesus because Canaanites claimed to not believe in Him and what He preached. Number two, her ability to worship Him in the open where folk could see her and despite the disciples talking about her. Number three, her willingness to stay in the worship position after being called a dog. It did not make sense but she had a need. Are you willing to worship, even when you do not understand, to get what you need from God? Can I get you to worship God, even when folk are telling you to curse God and die? Can I get you to worship while in your storm when folk are saying you should be taking cover? Can I just get you to worship? Because worship + faith has the ability to change the outcome.