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.
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