Anyone who says the bible is outdated hasn't read Habakkuk. Habakkuk was confused and bewildered, wondering why God wasn't doing a thing to change his circumstances or the world gone mad around him. How do you trust when you don't see a reason to?
Cry Out To God
Habakkuk didn't call a buddy or his pastor, he cried out to God:
Lord, how long must I ask for help and you ignore me? I cry out to you about violence, but you do not save us! Why do you make me see wrong things and make me look at trouble? People are destroying things and hurting others in front of me; they are arguing and fighting. So the teachings are weak, and justice never comes. Evil people gain while good people lose; the judges no longer make fair decisions. - Habakkuk 1:2-4
In the midst of senseless tragedies all around us in the news, the world today is crying out this way. Over the course of years in your marriage, haven't you cried out this way? Just like Habakkuk, you cry out to God, questioning His management of the world, your life, and your marriage. Seeking understanding from God, trying to make sense out of what seems like a series of senseless decisions and painful consequences, you feel like God is silent in the midst of it all. Is He silent, though?
Listen & Look Beyond Your Situation
God responded to Habakkuk, and His response then is for us now, too:
Look at the nations! Watch them and be amazed and shocked. I will do something in your lifetime that you won’t believe even when you are told about it. - Habakkuk 1:5
God was calling Habakkuk and is calling you to look beyond your situation and circumstances to see that He sees all of it and is working everything together for your good and His glory. This leads Habakkuk to climb up the watchtower and watch expectantly for what God is doing. Faithfully, God responds fully in Habakkuk 2, first assuring him that what He's doing is SO AWESOME, Habakkuk had better have a tablet ready to record it all. God sees what is going on in his life (and yours), and tells Habakkuk (and you) to wait patiently and live by faith as God unfolds His plan, because sometimes it takes years for His will to come to pass.
Habakkuk certainly got an earful from God! God ALWAYS responds to His people, even when we feel like He is distant or silent. Just as Habakkuk realized, you, too, can realize and rest in knowing God is in control of the universe, that He is working out His plan in His time for your life, marriage, family, legacy and the world in which we live. You learn as you trust God that you must trust Him completely and fully as He unravels the knots in your life, revealing one small step at a time.
Trust as You Take Each Step in Faith
As I look back on my journey of learning to trust God implicitly, the saying "hindsight is 20/20" rings true. If God had shown me how He would redeem our marriage, I would have blown it. I would have divorced Scott immediately, before God had softened my heart completely and allowed me to walk out my faith, tested by Scott's adultery and hurtful decisions over the course of eighteen months. Scott needed to see the fruit of what God was doing in my life, for it is over time Scott was won over, not by my words, but by my godly character (1 Peter 3:1-2).
Habakkuk responded to God by bursting out in song! I have to say, I sing, but not with other people around unless the music is really loud. But Habakkuk's song is the prayer of my heart, the fragrance of my life, and the hope for your heart:
Fig trees may not grow figs, and there may be no grapes on the vines. There may be no olives growing and no food growing in the fields. There may be no sheep in the pens and no cattle in the barns. But I will still be glad in the Lord; I will rejoice in God my Savior. The Lord God is my strength. He makes me like a deer that does not stumble so I can walk on the steep mountains. -Habakkuk 3:17-19
Will you trust God, rejoicing in Him when you don't see how He can possibly change your circumstances?
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