Attempting to make sense of it all (Habakkuk 1-3)

O Lord, I have heard the report of you,
    and your work, O Lord, do I fear.
In the midst of the years revive it;
    in the midst of the years make it known;
    in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2

Truly it is hard to make sense of all that is happening around the world. In all honestly, I spent all yesterday in a deep spirit of sorrow. Many times on yesterday I found myself fighting back the tears. At the end of the afternoon, I called a missionary serving in the Middle East. As I listened to his reports from the Middle East I could not hold back the tears. Brothers and sisters, what is happening?

As I prayed with my brother, I felt the sweet voice of God speaking peace over our troubled souls. In that moment I did what the prophet Habakkuk did, I rejoiced in the Lord. I took joy in the God of my salvation (3:18).

Every true child of God has questions. Every true child of God tries to make sense out of each season of life. The prophet was no different. Habakkuk served during the same time as did Jeremiah. He saw what the enemy was doing and he knew what to do:

He took his questions and placed them before the Lord. He wanted to know why God seemed to be silent in the face of unrighteousness (1:2). Maybe this is where you are today. Go to God with your questions.

He next positioned himself to wait for God’s answers. God did speak (2:1-4). God said, position yourself to wait and then to run to tell others once you have received the answer. Friend, God’s answers are coming. Let us walk by faith.

He also pleaded for mercy. When the prophet knew what was coming, he pleaded for God to give mercy (3:1-2). Oh how we need the mercy of God in our world.

Finally the prophet lifted his voice in praise (3:18-19).

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer’s;
    he makes me tread on my high places.

Even though the earth may quake and nations rise and fall, the prophet knew that God was his firm foundation. Dear friend, Jesus is the firm foundation in my life. In Him I stand and in Him you can stand. Ours (as Christ-followers) is the task of positioning ourselves to present to others the true hope which is Jesus (Matt. 24:14).

Truly, I do not know if this is the end times. But what I do know is this, “Salvation is nearer than when we first believed,” Rom. 13:11. I also know, “I will not sit in the darkness and fear the end. I will walk in the light of Jesus knowing that in Him there is hope for the world,” Rom. 13:12.

Questions:

  1. What is God speaking to you about today?
  2. How can this passage position you to carry out God’s mission?

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