Updated: Jul 21, 2020
Not too long ago, I asked God to keep me at peace, do whatever it took to release me of fear and anger that has significantly impacted the lives of others throughout 2020. I woke up one day soon after that prayer and could no longer voluntarily listen to anything but music that praised God. Sounds drastic right?
I literally had a physical reaction when attempting to turn on any music other than the small selection of Gospel and Christian music I had stored amongst my masses of mostly R&B, Hip Hop and Pop music. At the time, I hadn’t realized that this was God’s way of providing direction. But I soon immersed myself in the praise and worship, and my playlist slowly started expanding.
For me, the purity in worship music has a way of penetrating your mind and soul. It forces you in a posture of praise and prayer. It seeps into your thoughts long after you’re done listening. The words of the songs created emotions that stir deep within, they created a desire to seek the truth in the sounds of the voices of those that call His name. I began reading scripture and looking up verses that meet these songs at their doorstep. I wanted to turn the knob of the door that the songs had led me to, and so I began immersing myself In the Word.
All these things were happening without me putting two and two together. I had prayed for God to do whatever necessary to keep me at peace. And instead of some simple blanket of emotion, I became immersed in his Word, which gave me more direction and led me to better understand it is through him that we find peace. It is through obedience we find knowledge, true knowledge and understanding of our lives and our purpose.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every though to make it obedient to Christ.”
This is a clear call to action. This scripture is so good because there’s no misinterpretation in the direction. We must become obedient to Christ.
To make one’s thoughts obedient, you must look to redeem your spirit, and capture your thoughts before they turn into spirals. This is challenging. It takes effort daily. I found that through daily prayer, scripture reading and worship I discovered how to change the direction of my thoughts.
I can honestly say that although there are moments of anxiety and fear, I have had more peace than I ever before in my adult life…through the craziness of quarantine life and racial injustice. And its not because these things don’t affect me and my family, but because I choose to rest in his power. I choose to tune out those that speak against the knowledge of God. I choose to give him my fears and anxiety.