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Just reading the title one would think that I am talking about the political scene in America in 2016, and I am. But I am also talking about the days during the life of Habakkuk. Little is known about the prophet Habakkuk but there is so much we can learn from this book of the Bible.

Habakkuk was a prophet to Judah. During this time, Judah was morally and spiritually corrupt (sound familiar?). They worshipped Baal. Offered their children to Molech (a Canaanite god) and allowed the temple to fall into ruin.

Judah was also in the middle of a very political turbulent time. Assyria has ruled Judah for over a hundred years but was beginning to weaken. Babylon would soon be growing into a world power.

The book begins with Habakkuk complaining (also sounds like 2016) about how God is letting sin go unpunished and that therefore there is no justice to speak of (v.2-4). God quickly responds to Habakkuk’s complaint with the following:

Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own.

Habakkuk 1:5-6

God was letting Habakkuk know that HE was in control of EVERYTHING! Look at verse six where it says, “I am raising up…”. God was telling Hubakkuk that He controls the political scene and uses nations for his own purposes. Just look at the book of Daniel.

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;

Daniel 2:21

God is telling Habakkuk to wait on me and TRUST ME! I know what I am doing! I am doing something that you would not even believe if I told you.

So, in the mist of this crazy, turbulent political time in America, I am sure that God is trying to remind us of the same exact thing – wait on me and trust me! I know what I am doing.

There is peace found in knowing that God is sovereign and in control of everything!

Points To Ponder

I was 22 and my wife was 21 when we got married. A year later, our first son was born. Four years later our second son was born. For most of our marriage, we’ve had kids in the house.

But now…25 years later we find ourselves in a new season of life. We’re empty nesters.

It’s a lot quieter around our house. The wonderful sounds that accompany the world of kids have faded away.

I once heard of a couple that had a grandfather clock. Soon after becoming empty nesters, they sold it. The constant ticking…which they never noticed when they had kids at home…now echoed through the rooms and annoyed them.

We tend to hate the sin in others much more than we hate the sin in our own lives. In our pride, we tend to judge the motives of others much more than we question our own. We are often much more frustrated with others than we are with ourselves, much less patient with the growth in someone else than in our own sanctification.

A sense of spiritual superiority can be a good indication that I am growing cold toward Him. A growing sense of angst toward others combined with a growing sense of smug satisfaction with my own goodness is a good indication that my heart, once again, needs to “see the King, the Lord of Hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).

When we grasp the Lord’s holiness, we are broken for the sin in our own lives. When we turn our hearts to the Lord, we see the planks in our own eyes before the specks in everyone else’s.

I just finished preaching a series over the Genesis 1-12. In the last chapter — Genesis 12 — we encountered Abram (Abraham). He is a great example of someone who had to trust that God would use him.

Love this tweet from Tim LaFleur!

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Let’s do a quick review of what we have covered over the past four weeks:

  1. Foundation Verse #1 – Genesis 1:1
  2. Foundation Verse #2 – Matthew 6:24
  3. Foundation Verse #3 – Proverbs 3:5
  4. Foundation Verse #4 – Psalm 1:6

QuietOur fifth foundation verse is found in Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

This verse requires us to go back a little bit in this chapter for some content. We can see that God is talking to His people, the Jews. He is giving them a warning because they have become very rebellious. Instead of following after God, they have chosen to go in their own direction and follow after their own desires (wow, sounds a lot like today’s christians!).

The prophets tried to tell explain to them their sinful ways but the Jewish people did not want to hear anything about God. Because of their sinful ways, God allowed them to be overthrown. The people began to cry out that they needed to return to God alone.

This is where our foundation verses comes in. God was speaking to them and telling them that if you will return to me and rest in me, you will be saved (find safety).

The last part of the verses says, “…in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”. Too many times we hustle through our day without even stopping to listen to what God is saying to us. We need to be quiet and still before HIM. In that quiet and stillness, we can begin to trust Him more and more.

Are you being quiet in the presence of God? Are you trusting HIM?

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
there’s mercy with the Lord;
and he will surely give you rest,
by trusting in his Word.

Only trust him, only trust him,
only trust him now.
He will save you, he will save you,
he will save you now.

Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

TrustOur third foundation verse is a verse that just about every Christian knows but one of the hardest verses to put into practice.

TRUST!

As Christians, we place so much emphasis on this word. We sing songs about this word. We read scripture about this word. We listen to messages based around this word – but for the life of me, it is one of the most difficult things to do!

Our sin nature kicks in and we try to take care of situations that arise by ourselves instead of trusting God.

I think a key to this verse is found in the last part of verse 5, “with all your heart”. Warren Weirsbe puts it this way:

We must trust Him with all our heart and obey Him in all our ways. That means total commitment to Him (Romans 12:1-2). The word translated “trust” in verse 5 means “to lie helpless, facedown.” It pictures a servant waiting for the master’s command in readiness to obey, or a defeated soldier yielding himself to the conquering general.

Are you anticipating God’s command for you and are you ready to obey?

TRUST! Small word; big implications in the life of a Christian!

A few years back (2008 to be exact) my Pastor preached a series on Job entitled “When God Is Silent”. He talked about the character of Job and how in the mist of everything that he was going through, God seemed to be quiet. Sound familiar?

When we look at the life of Job, we see a man who was dedicated to God – through the good and the bad. His situation did not determine his attitude, God did!

As we were preparing for this series, I came across a song entitled “While I’m Waiting” by John Waller. This song was featured in the movie “Fireproof”. While the music is incredible, it is the lyrics that make the song. The first verse says,

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

If you are in a period of your life that you feel like God is silent, please, let me encourage you to simple trust HIM. Through the good and the bad – trust HIM. When all seems lost – TRUST HIM!

Five years ago today, I made and uploaded the video below. As of the time I am writing this post, there have been 1,895,346 views and I hope and pray many people have been encouraged by the video.

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”