Friday, May 27, 2016

Falling Forward

For the past five days we have looked at the writings
of a prophet named Habakkuk. This man of God goes
to God because of what is happening in his country:
'iniquity, violence, injustice.' 
The Lord's answer terrifies him and Habakkuk says
this to his God:

'why do you remain silent while the wicked swallows
up the man more righteous than he?' 

God then allows Habakkuk to see just how far his
nation has fallen. The prophet pleads with God:

'In wrath remember mercy.'

It is at this point that God shows His power against
the nations who will invade Israel. WOW!

The book ends with a broken man who falls forward--
and worships.

"Though the fig tree should not blossom,
     nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
     and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
     and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
     I will take joy in the God of my
God, the Lord, is my strength;
     he makes my feet like the deer's;
     he makes me tread on my high places."

Reader, only God can settle us and bring us to peace
when all around is chaos, for it is coming to our
land. The one thing that we can do to prepare is to
set our hearts on the things above and not on this

'The Son of Man is coming at an hour 
you least expect, 
therefore, you must be ready.'

'The Lord is in his holy temple
let all the earth keep silent before him.'

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