BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1006 - "Blessing I Can't See" by Building 429
NRT's Lead Contributor Kevin Davis speaks with Jason Roy about the inspiration behind the band's latest single.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1006 -
Posted: February 11, 2020 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Building 429 has blessed listeners with a string of hit songs, including "Glory Defined," "Always," "Listen to the Sound," "Where I Belong," "We Won't Be Shaken" and "Fear No More." In that same vein, their newest anthem is "Blessing I Can't See," featuring LoveCollide's Brooke DeLeary. The song is featured on their Fear No More EP. Building 429 is comprised of lead singer Jason Roy, drummer Michael Anderson, guitarist Jesse Garcia, and bassist Aaron Branch.
 
The song has really been resonating with me, as I realize that Jesus commands us to trust God completely, no matter our circumstances, personal distractions, or concerns. We all deal with some level of fear, worry, and anxiety. God knows that about us. I've read that God tells us 365 times in His Word "do not fear" or "do not worry." This is enough for a daily reminder to not spend time caught up in ourselves. Instead, it's an opportunity to allow ourselves to be satisfied with a fresh filling of God and His Holy Spirit every day. I have been attentive to that concept in my daily bible study. I had the chance to speak with lead singer Jason Roy in-person before Winter Jam in Reading, Pennsylvania about "Blessing I Can't See."


Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

I feel like everyone has had a season in their life where they feel like things are going wrong. And, if they haven't yet, they will. This is a part of life. You'll have a season where things seem completely wrong and not right in your life. That season doesn't really make any sense at the time. For me, it's happened many times in my life where maybe a year later I look back and realize that the moment I walked through led me exactly where I am supposed to be now. 

I say it this way in the song: 'the setback is the setup.' The setbacks in life are really the setups for the kingdom of God to show itself faithful again. Our most recent setback was when we were let go from our record label. It's so funny because the phrase, 'blessing I can't see yet' is something I heard in a coffee meeting with a lady who reminded me that I wasn't done yet and God still had some things for me to do. Maybe no longer being a part of a record label is a blessing I can't see yet, because I will walk in a new level of freedom. 

What feels like a prison can be God breaking the prison walls down, thus allowing me to move in a new and more free way. I took that and thought a lot about it and felt like it was a message I needed to share. If you ask anybody for their testimony, the first thing they'll do is to go to their moment of brokenness, lost and alone and hopeless, and then God. If that's true that our present sufferings are a testimony in the making, then maybe it's not a war we're standing in. But, a blessing we can't see yet. That's the heart behind "Blessing I Can't See."

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT): "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."

Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

Psalm 9:10 (NKJV): "And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You."

Psalm 91:2 (NKJV): "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.'"
 
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV): "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

James 4:14 (NKJV): "Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

What is the takeaway message?

It's so important for me to write songs like this one, because I sing them every night. It helps me remember when we're in the middle of something that this is a war. And, with the passing of time, I will see that somehow God will work something for good. He works all things together for the good of those who love Him, according to Romans 8:28. It's what scripture says, and it's what I believe is true. It's been a big part of my life these last several months, for sure. The story of Moses escaping the Egyptians and God parting the Red Sea is an example of a blessing they couldn't see yet. Without faith, they wouldn't have seen the blessing that God had for them. I try to remind myself to have patience, be calm, and wait on the Lord.

Lyrics

I'm lifting up my heart again
Cause even when I can't see the plan
I know Your love is closing in on me
You hold the whole world in Your hands
Still You feel the pain you understand
Ain't just a war I'm standing in, oh no
It's a blessing I can't see yet
It's a blessing I can't see yet
 
Heartache
Doesn't mean that You're not working
Always
Even when it won't stop hurting
I know
Every setback was a setup
For something greater that You had in store
 
All along You've seen beyond the storm
So when I struggle I will trust You more
 
I trust You in everything
I trust You in everything, oh God
 
I'm lifting up my heart again
Cause even when I can't see the plan
I know Your love is closing in on me
You hold the whole world in Your hands
Still You feel the pain you understand
Ain't just a war I'm standing in, oh no
It's a blessing I can't see yet
It's a blessing I can't see yet
 
It's so hard
But I've been looking at my scars
And how far
You have brought me through the dark
And I know
Every setback was a setup
For something greater that You had in store
 
I trust You in everything
I trust You in everything, oh God
Whatever tomorrow brings
I trust You in everything, oh God
 
I'm lifting up my heart again
Cause even when I can't see the plan
I know Your love is closing in on me
You hold the whole world in Your hands
Still You feel the pain you understand
Ain't just a war I'm standing in, oh no
It's a blessing I can't see yet
It's a blessing I can't see yet
 
Oh God, You hold my world within Your arms
So I will trust You even through the storm
 
I trust You in everything
I trust You in everything, oh God
Whatever tomorrow brings
I trust You in everything, oh God
 
I'm lifting up my heart again
Cause even when I can't see the plan
I know your love is closing in on me
You hold the whole world in Your hands
Still You feel the pain you understand
Ain't just a war I'm standing in, oh no
It's a blessing I can't see yet
It's a blessing I can't see yet
 
I trust You in everything
I trust You in everything, oh God


Closing Thoughts

"Blessing I Can't See" represents life: it includes the challenge of stepping out in faith and the challenge of trusting God when you want to give up or can't see where you're going. We aren't the source of the power to overcome our challenges; God is our greater power source. In our weakness, God's strength is perfect. 

This song represents the victory that we have over our battles before we even know the earthly outcome. The victory is won by God, the one who goes before us. Think about the type of faith we're called to have as believers. It's described as the faith of a mustard seed. Know that Jesus loves you and has something better planned for you if you trust in Him as your Savior.
 
The song's message challenges us to think about our own doubts and to hear the call of Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to rely on Him and the power of His resurrection. To remember that He has overcome death and fear. Know that He is real, He is near, and He is just a breath away. 

We can face our daily battles with more courage and strength. Because we know that whatever the outcome that "God [will work] all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) Spend time with God. Let Him redeem and restore you. You're not at the end of your story; God's still writing your stories of redemption. He wants you to know that He's faithful to complete what He started in those who put all hope and trust in Jesus for salvation.
 
God tells us in the Bible that, with faith, we can do anything in Christ. I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics, and find immense comfort in this song, filled with biblical truth. Being a Christian means that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith requires people to rely on the unseen. We walk by faith every day. The beauty of walking by faith and not by sight is that we can learn to fully trust God more with our lives.
 
"Blessing I Can't See" is a daily prayer asking God to come and change our hearts and change our lives in such a way that our behavior and the way we live flows from God living inside of us as believers. You can know, in all things, "Every setback was a setup/For something greater that You had in store/All along you've seen beyond the storm/So when I struggle/I will trust You more." 

Only Jesus can give us our true identities in Him. What a powerful expression of what it means to accept that God never leaves or forsakes us, as His followers. He is all we need. Join in with the band and sing along in faith, "I trust You in everything/I trust You in everything, oh God." Amen to that.

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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