For Such a Time as This

 

 

I hear so much complaining.  

  • Complaining about the condition of our nation.  
  • Complaining about one political party or another.  
  • Complaining about the candidates.
Sometimes when I get into this kind of “spiritual funk”, I step back an take a look at the situation.  Is anything really happening that’s outside of God’s control?  How many times do we read in the Bible about God using less than ordinary circumstances to bring about “extra” ordinary things?

 

Radical Worship Solution

Selah.  This word was used seventy-four times in the Hebrew.

  • 71 times in Psalms
  • 3 times in Habakkuk

It basically means an enthusiastic interlude.

The book of Habakkuk is as amazing as it is brief.  A total of 56 verses that contain an amazing amount of insight in why we are experiencing what we are seeing now.

God knows all about the sins of Judah, and is going to judge them for it.  But incredibly, He is using a nation far worse when it comes to injustice, blood shed, and evil – The Babylonian Empire.  The Assyrians were BAD, but the Babylonians were even worse.

This is why we see the complaining.

Habakkuk says in 1:2, “How long, O Lord, must I call for your help, but You do not listen?”  Verse 4 says (take note), “The law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails, the wicked hem in the righteous so that justice is perverted.”

Wow!  Like Yogi Berra said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

In verse 5, we see the Lord’s answer, “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.”

All this to say, God is in control of the nations.  He can sovereignly use one nation to judge another.  But, no nation is exempt; all are morally accountable for their actions.  Our nation is divided because our churches are divided.  We don’t seem to get this.

When we wake up on November 9, 2016, and realize that the candidate we voted for has not been elected, as Christians what are we going to do?  I’m afraid it will be the same thing we have been doing…complaining; and complaining willnever fix the problem.

God is in the process of bringing about revival to a remnant of people willing to listen to Him and turn from wickedness, and be restored to His bosom.

 

The Good News…

When the fig tree does not bud…
When there are no grapes on the vine…
When the fields do not produce any food…
When there are no sheep in the pen, and no cattle in the stalls…
I will still rejoice in the Lord.
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength.
Selah