Confusion in Worship

Today in Children’s Church, I taught in Matthew six. The chapter talks about not worrying, but “to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” (v.33). I like to have the teaching applicable to even their age, but I was not really sure if at that age there would be many who would have worries. When I asked if anyone worries, quickly most raised their hand. They went on to tell me some of the things that they were afraid of. I went on to encourage them that when they begin to worry they should “seek after God”. It was neat to see how quick they picked up on this. I asked them, “How can we seek after God?” They quickly responded, “Praying, reading the Bible, telling God what is bothering you,….). It is awesome to see it when little children start grasping the deep things of God. Worship is starting to bud in their lives. Maybe we ought to take some lessons from these little children.

In the Old Testament, when Job lost all of his material possessions and even his ten children, he had a choice whether to worship or to curse God. The same thing is true with us, we have the exact same choice that Job had, blessing or cursing. When life throws us unexpected loops, we can either worship or curse God. If we were all honest, at one time or another, we have all cursed God when things did not go our way. Of course it is better to worship and to put our hope and trust in God, but sometimes there is pain, hurt, and confusion in the worship. The confusion is there because our little minds try to figure out what an all-powerful God is trying to do in our lives.

Throughout the gospels, the disciples saw firsthand the accounts of Jesus showing his authority of the wind and the waves. He was able to defy the natural laws (walking on water) and calm a storm. For experienced fisherman to be afraid and struggling during a storm, it must have been intense. Even though the storm was intense, Jesus was able to handle it and calm it. Likewise in our own storms of life He is able to handle our problems and give us inner peace through the storm.

Matthew 6:25-34 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Harsh Words

Jesus would always seem harsh against the ones that did not want the things of God. The religious rulers took the biggest hit on this. They would show outward holiness by keeping the law, while on the inside of them there was nothing that even desired the things of God.

Jesus would also seem harsh against Israel at times. He would call them an adulterous generation. Adulterous, because they had the Messiah right in front of them, but they did not accept him. They continually sought after other gods, ignoring the one true God who came in the flesh.

The unbelieving crowd was another group that Jesus seemed harsh against. The disciples fell into this group quite a bit of the time. The disciples were with Jesus 24/7, but they would constantly forget what he could do or has done. There were many miracles done just so the disciple could see first hand that Jesus was who he said he was. The feeding of the five thousand was one of these events. Each disciple got a basket of breadcrumbs to carry afterwards for a reminder.

Some might think that it is harsh to mention that there is an actual hell. Hell is a real place. This place is an eternal separation from God. It is a terrible place, because the one that goes there will be in their physical body that can feel pain and worse than that, they will remember the opportunities that they had to be saved from it. No one spoke more about hell than Jesus did. He would mention how there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in darkness. He spoke the most about it, but also he did the most to keep people from going there, by dying on the cross and being resurrected from the grave. He beat sin and death and now provides eternal life to those who believe. Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, eternal spiritual separation from God (i.e. Hell) can now be avoided.