March 18 – Habakkuk – Habakkuk 1-3
Habakkuk, like Job, deals with understanding God’s ways: Why does God allow injustice to prevail (1:3)? Why does God use wicked Babylon to punish a less wicked Judah (1:13)? How long will God permit evildoers to dominate the world (1:17)?
God did not give clear answers to the questions, instead, He called on Habakkuk to have faith (2:4). Habakkuk’s resolution in 3:16-19 is quite powerful and encouraging. In verses 16-17 we see the fear resulting from the circumstances of the times. In verses 18-19 we see Habakkuk gaining great confidence to face these circumstances by faith in God.
These times of great uncertainty; a simple virus seemingly threatening our way of life, media employing fear tactics, restaurants closed, stores containing empty shelves, schools shut down, and much more. Let us stop to realize what kind of God we actually serve. God is in control. None of these events has God scratching His head, wondering what He is going to do. God is looking for the opportunity to show Himself strong on the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Yes, let’s wash our hands, cover our coughs, put our hats on when we go outside, use plenty of hand sanitizer, take no unnecessary risks, and don’t touch your face, but, most importantly . . . trust God! Trust God for your strength, health, economy, and especially your joy. Remember God is not the author of confusion in church, family, or any other part of your life. Do not allow satan to gain a foothold in your life through this opportunity of confusion. Trust God, and enjoy the life that God has given you today!
I Corinthians 14:33a “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,”