by Hector Meza
There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
I will rise
-Exert from I Will Rise by Chris Tomlin
Recently the youth came together for a night of testimonies through the medium of worship. It was great to hear many of the students and leaders share about how God has used songs to impact their lives. Students and leaders would play a clip from the song and then speak of why it was meaningful to them. Our hope was that students could see how God was speaking the Gospel out to the world using their testimonies. Each of us has a story and our life story should be one that directs people towards God.
One particular story stood out to me. The person sharing the song above revealed how God used this song at a time when they had lost a number of loved ones. The song was the avenue through which God was able to remind them of the truth and hope of the Resurrection. And that hope brought forth peace.
As we head into the New Year, no doubt there will be some of us that enter with a sense of anxiety and trepidation. The previous year may have been a difficult one and perhaps there are more worries and troubles ahead. One thing that has helped me find peace in life is the assurance that the troubles of this world will one day cease. Those of us with faith in Christ can be reassured that we will be brought back to our true home in the presence of God. The early Christians used the expression “Marana tha” or “Lord Come!” to remind them that our complete peace is in the Kingdom of God. Yet even in this world God has promised to help us through for we know that God works all things together for good for those who have been called according to His purpose. As we continue to trust in the leading of the Holy Spirit may we find that His grace will be sufficient for us all.