7-23-18 In this world we live in today, not only are we busy, but it seems like problems persist and stuff happens; if you know what I mean. In looking at the minor prophet Habakkuk and what he has to say, you could think he is writing here in 21st century America. All these problems he writes about are things we face today. Note what he says:
Habakkuk 1:2-4, 3:16-19.
Vs. 2. How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted
Habakkuk 3: 16. I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
These problems faced by Habakkuk are common issues we face today. But…how did he respond. Habakkuk figured it out and is a good example for us to follow today. Note his comments:
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights
Habakkuk decided to focus on God and NOT focus on his problems. In light of his problems he was choosing to “rejoice” in the Lord and be “joyful” in God his Savior. He acknowledged the Lord as his “strength” and “enabler”. The Prophet Habakkuk sets a good example for us today; we should follow his lead.
Blessings to you all as we work towards focusing on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Get into the Bible and understand just who you are in Christ.
David said, “The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple” (Psa 27:4, NLT).
David wanted to take up residence in God’s temple, but God grants a greater blessing: “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Eph 2:19-22, NIV). We are God’s temple; he dwells in us.
This truth abolishes any vestige of scantuarism, which is the idea that God is present in the building and we come together to meet him. God is omnipresent, but David knew this: “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” (Psa 139:7-8). What David wanted was an intimate fellowship with God.
We have it: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23).
Can we say, “Jesus, make yourself at home in my life”?
Shared by Jery Bailey
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