Things I learned from Christian music: lesson #1

The song has an obvious overtone of when things don’t go the way we planned in life that we will keep our trust in the Lord. “When you don’t move the mountains, I needed you to move; when you don’t part the waters, I wish I could walk through; when you don’t give the answers as I cry out to you; I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in you.”

However, that’s not what I want to look at here. I think this songs goes a little deeper than what’s on the surface of the lyrics in revealing something important about faith.

A lot of times when people decide to follow Christ, they begin with the hopes that they will give their lives to Jesus and boom 💥 everything is going to be perfect. Unfortunately, after a few months of following Christ but continuing to struggle, we learn that becoming a Christian does not suddenly equal butterflies and rainbows 🌈 and our faith fizzles out. When you’re new to faith and Christ, this can be frustrating, especially if that’s how Christ was “sold” to you in the first place. We have all heard that God makes all things work together for our good, and sometimes we think that means everything is good and God will make our lives good. The Bible doesn’t say, “He makes all GOOD things work together for our good.” It says, “ALL THINGS work together for our good.” That means the good things and the bad things work together for our good, and that’s awesome, but we can’t skip over the part where in between, we might struggle a little bit.

When Lauren Daigle wrote this song, she pointed out something important. Sometimes God chooses to keep some mountains just where they are. Sometimes he doesn’t part the waters perfectly for us to just waltz right through them, on to the promise land. This doesn’t change the plan He has for us, it’s a part of it. “In every moment of my wandering; nothing changes what you bring.” When we love with the faith that His will is going to be done in the end, our wandering becomes a little more purposeful and faith driven as we seek to trust in Him instead of focusing on the fact that He isn’t bending to our own plan.

This song taught me that there are going to be hard times here and there. God is going to give us challenges and struggles and doubt and fear, but in the midst of it all, our faith and trust in Him is what carries us through those struggles through to the other side. We aren’t promised success in every single aspect of life, but we are promised success in the journey to Him through our faith. “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

Trust the process friends. Go into the world knowing you’re going to struggle a little bit. Sometimes He’s going to take a little while to answer those prayers, and to move those mountains, but in the end His plan and His will is done and we get to be a part of that great plan. ❤️

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