The Bravery -- "Believe"

"Believe" song Lyrics:

The faces all around me they don't smile they just crack
Waiting for our ship to come but our ship's not coming back
We do our time like pennies in a jar
What are we saving for?

There's a smell of stale fear that's reeking from our skins.
The drinking never stops because the drinks absolve our sins
We sit and grow our roots into the floor
But what are we waiting for?

(chorus)
So give me something to believe
Cause I am living just to breathe
And I need something more
To keep on breathing for
So give me something to believe

Something's always coming, you can hear it in the ground
It swells into the air with the rising, rising sound
And never comes but shakes the boards and rattles all the doors
What are we waiting for?

I am hiding from some beast
But the beast was always here
Watching without eyes
Because the beast is just my fear
That I am just nothing...
Now it's just what I've become
What am I waiting for
Its already done, Oh

(repeat chorus)

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Sometimes I wonder if Jesus had it backwards... I wonder if it would be better to take care of my worldly business and then take care of my business with God. Right now, for example, I wouldn't mind having a bit more of a financial "cushion."

Granted, I plan on progressing financially as a natural result of working hard, but, as The Bravery's "Believe" says, what would be my motivation for progressing in any way apart from God? My worldly goals don't mean much compared to my eternal purpose in Christ.

Earth-bound riches are of little use to me if I don't have contentment, a clear conscience or a sense of purpose that goes beyond this world. I might fill entire warehouses with silver and gold, but why?

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As mentioned in The Bravery's song, if we try to establish ourselves in the world before we are established in God, then we will be plagued with fear. We will fret about the fact that someone or something might destroy our worldly accomplishments at any moment.

As long as we live on planet earth we will never be completely safe. Nothing is guaranteed, not our jobs, not our next meal, not our next breath.

Overcoming fear and discontentment is possible, but only as an aftereffect of taking care of our business with God through Jesus Christ. We will obtain unfading riches to the extent that we invest in God's kingdom.


"Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Seek first God's kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. "
-- Jesus to his disciples, Matthew 6:20, 23


2 comments:

Rush said...

Amen to that brother! It's always God first, others second, and you/I -- pretty obvious isn't it? Always the last...and there would be times when we don't even fit in the picture. Ouch!! But no, He won't forget us.

Langston said...

Wow I have heard this song a lot, and I realized I wasn't really listening. Those lyrics are pretty powerful and speaks for a lot. Great post, keep up the good work.