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Patience With God

“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” Habakkuk 1:2.

“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.  I am raising up the Babylonians..”  Habukkuk 1:5-6.

It is difficult to be patient.  I have lived much of my life being impatient about this and that.

I’m not happy to miss a green light because of a slower driver in front of me.  I want things to work and when they don’t……..

Habukkuk sees bad things going on and starts out by doing the right thing: He prays about it.

When the bad things continue, Habukkuk does the wrong thing: He complains to God about what He’s doing about it.

It is “normal” to expect someone who is capable of fixing something to fix it, especially when you ask them to do it over and over again.

This line of thinking fails when it comes to God.  Imagine the folly of going this route: “This is what is wrong.  This is what You need to do to fix it. When are You going to start working on it?  Why is it taking so long?”

That approach is all wrong. I CANNOT schedule what God will do and when He will do it.  His Ways are NOT my ways!  He will do what He will do on His own schedule.  My task is to recognize that He hears me and to never forget that He knows what must be done.

I have been praying for a relative of mine for many years.  He’s not a believer.  Nice person but unwilling to see his need for a Savior.  I want him to become a believer and I have asked God to intervene in His life.  It is hard not to worry that my relative may spend his after-life apart from God.  Has God heard my prayers for him?  Definitely.

Habukkuk got an answer after he spoke his impatience to God.  “I’m raising up the Babylonians..”

I have not received an answer for how/when God is going to draw my relative into an eternal relationship with Him.  I will continue to ask, not to be sure that God hears me, but because God is my best friend and I can talk about what’s on my heart to Him.

Conclusions: I know that God hears my prayers. I know that His answer to my prayers will amaze me.

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Hanging on for dear life!

“yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”  Habakkuk 3:18.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Habakkuk 1-3, and John 8.

Who needs to know what the verses before today’s verses say, you get the idea.

If I am missing this, and missing that, it will not make a difference. My life is filled with God, so I can act in that truth.

Easily said, how about in practice?  My wife is having surgery tomorrow.  It isn’t hard to visualize a bad result BUT I know that God is in charge and so does she.  Does that totally comfort and relax us?  No!  We have fears.  Our Godly task is to allow our awareness of His presence to override the doubts.  Pray for us, please.

God is so amazing.  How often we think of Him in our own terms.  We easily lose track of what He does for us minute by minute.  I have food, clothing, health, and family.  Others don’t.

We were at a yard sale on Friday and got into a house that was appalling.  It was rundown, dirty, dark, and some folks had called it home.  How could they live there?  There but for the grace of God is where we could also be living BUT GOD for no good reason has spared us.  We don’t deserve it but He has made our lives so comparatively easy.  We should be rejoicing our brains out, shouldn’t we!  Yet we whine over minor inconveniences as if they were life-threatening.  Lord, spare us from the wrath we deserve.

“Lord, we are truly needy.  We clearly need to realize how much You have blessed us.  We deserve zip, yet You flood us with good things.  Enable me to see/hear You in my midst and rejoice accordingly.  I commit to You.  Run my life, I beg.”

Will you stop and think briefly about all the things God has blessed you with in the space you are currently sitting/standing?  They sure add up, don’t they!

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hwfm-August-6“’How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?’” Habukkuk 1:2

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Habukkuk 1-3 & John 8)

“God isn’t hearing me.” How often do we say it? What we are saying is that if God did hear me He would change the circumstances I’m praying about.

That is not the way God works. We do not dispatch Him to places. We do not have to inform Him of things that are going on. He doesn’t need our advice.

God is omnipresent. He’s everywhere at once. Don’t try to get your brain wrapped around that one!

God knows what is going on before it even happens. He’s in charge.

We live in a world of turmoil. I was born near the end of WW2. That war had great impact on the US. The wars that followed impacted the US on a lesser scale. Point? I have not experienced the turmoil that exists in much of the rest of the world. I know about the turmoil but I don’t directly experience it. When/If turmoil comes will I be the one, among many, wondering where God is? I hope not because I know that God knows what it happening. My trust then (and now) must be in His knowing what to do.

The non-believer seldom pays any attention to God until things go sour. When they finally realize that something is entirely out of their control many will try God. They say a quick prayer or two and wait for the instant answer and with it an instant end to their dilemma. They are often disappointed. “I tried and God didn’t answer,” they may say. They may also be like today’s chosen verse, “How long am I going to have to wait before You do what I want, Lord?”

My trust must be entirely in God. I cannot trust myself to put His Way into action. If my walk is close to Him then I already know what His presence feels like. When trouble arrives my walk with Him will not change…………I just keep walking with confidence in Him.

“Lord, forgive me for ever doubting You. You are everywhere. When I pray I can join You already at my concern areas. Thank You, Father, for that. I love You, Lord.”

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Watch This! (Habakkuk 1:5) – Lucille Ball

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( Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Habakkuk 1-3 & John 8 )

“Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told.”  Habakkuk 1:5

What lesson can I learn from this Scripture?
God is absolutely in charge.  There is a bigger picture and He knows what it is.  I do not know what it is.  There is a plan.  There is a script.  My role is to trust Him.  My role is to do what is right in His sight.  I must not be drawn into evil.  I must immune myself by studying the Scripture and praying for guidance.  I can see the greatness of God in Old Testament history, and while Jesus was on earth, and around me now.  The Creator is great and He has the future figured out.

Lucille Ball was born on August 6th.  God gave her terrific acting ability.

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We Win in the End

“I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.  Counting on God’s rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength.”  Habukkuk 3: 18.19

I can confront evil with assurance because of God’s power and promises.  He will lead me to victory.  He is bigger and any evil I am aware of.  I can be joyful in the face of adversity.  The longer I count on God to prevail, the stronger my resistance to evil should become and the greater my joy in the anticipation of the final outcome.

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