Week 26 Day 7
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Habakkuk 2: I will stand at my watch
and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
and what answer I am to give to this complaint.
It was a time of desolation in Judah. Jehoiakim was king, the spiritual revival of King Josiah was in the past. Sin was rampant. Armies from the East would soon bring everything tumbling down. Life for Habakkuk was not a made for TV movie. It was harsh and cruel, he was at the extreme fringe of society. In a classic rendering of his story one artist painted him as an angry prophet on the mountain crying out and pleading with God to explain himself.
Why? Why did God allow the rampant sin? Why? Why were the armies from the East poised to batter down the walls and defile the temple? Habakkuk had a passion for his people. He did not want them to be destroyed. He just did not understand.
Ever feel like Habakkuk? I could certainly sympathize with him. I watch from my aged perch and see the many ways in which the nation has defiled itself. I see the people lost, dazed, confused, led about as though they had rings in their noses like cattle. Like Habakkuk I cry out to God. “I don’t understand. Why are you letting this happen?”
In the midst of my whining and complaining I am reminded of these words “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” -A.W. Tozer
What these words tell us is that we must take into account the whole counsel of the Word of God. If we do we see that what is happening around us has happened before, and that as disciple we are not to be dismayed, but we must “fix our eye on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith”. Hebrews 12:2