Good afternoon, everyone! How are you on this beautiful Sunday? It’s another great day to be alive and well. I’m r hank full for all that God is doing today. He’s supplied so many wonderful blessings and mercies and I’m thankful to be able to take them all in.
I have a delectable morsel for you. Pastor Chris preached an awesome word this morning and I can’t wait to share it with you. Take it with you as you go about this new week.
“A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. O Lord , I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord , revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, The Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His glory covered the heavens, And the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, And there His power was hidden. Before Him went pestilence, And fever followed at His feet. He stood and measured the earth; He looked and startled the nations. And the everlasting mountains were scattered, The perpetual hills bowed. His ways are everlasting.”
Habakkuk 3:1-6 NKJV
God used the Babylonians to bring judgment on his people. Habakkuk realized God was God. We have to know that he’s leading us in the right path, and he has our best interests at heart. Sometimes we wonder if his plan is right, but we must realize he can handle anything. Because of that we are able to trust him. Things take time. Even if we don’t see things happening we must believe that he is working.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the Lord , I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 NKJV
Sometimes it’s tough for us to rejoice when things are going wrong. Many people in other countries are worse off than we are. They don’t have much food or clothing but they are still joyful. God will take care of us. We get caught up in conditions like in contracts. It’s due to trust issues. God loves us without conditions. We also shouldn’t put conditions on our love towards him. We tend to put “what ifs” on things including God. God wants the best for us and we have an enemy of our souls that wants to destroy us. We have to turn the “what ifs” to “even ifs”. Even if things go wrong in our jobs or families we must continue to trust God.
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.””
Daniel 3:16-18 NKJV
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were facing death unless they renounced their faith in God. They believed God could save them, but even if he didn’t that wouldn’t change their belief. If God didn’t save them, that was all right. Sometimes we get frustrated with God when things don’t turn out the way we want them to. The seeds in the grown take a while to grow. If you continue with “what ifs”, you’re digging up the seed. Give it time for the conditions to be perfect for things to change. Be at peace when things don’t happen when we want them to and believe that God is working them put for your good.