Daily Devotion Wednesday August 2, 2017
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“The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”
Habakkuk 3:19 NLT
For the few years I have walked with and in the Lord, assuredly I can say he is my strength, he is my fortress and my strong tower. Life can be very daunting. There are quite many points in life when sometimes we are forced to either regret our existence or wonder why God who is said to be all powerful, loving and caring allows us to go through such moments. Habakkuk was one of the few persons who set a case before God, who lodged a complaint to God because of the hard times his people were going through.
Foreign troops from nations who appeared more wicked than Israel were attacking the Israelites, violence and destruction was claiming a lot of lives and property. Habakkuk seemed to have prayed to God for these destructions and violence to cease but things appear not getting any better. As such, he questioned God; “How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! “Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery?” (Hab. 1:2 NLT). So, he was bitter and he raised a lot questions to God.
Describing God as “my God, my Holy One, you who are eternal” and the “Lord, our Rock,” Habakkuk wondered why God used the Babylonians to correct them. He said; “But you are pure and cannot stand the sight of evil. Will you wink at their treachery? Should you be silent while the wicked swallow up people more righteous than they?” (Hab. 1:12-13 NLT).
Habakkuk’s questions and complaints to God aren’t typically his, they are experiences of many people. I too have gone through moments when I have silently asked God such similar questions. When we are fixed with such hard times, the best we can do is to cast our cares and frustrations to God. No one will turn to the Lord and be disappointed. Habakkuk lodged his complaints to the Lord but walked back with a song and prayer of praise and hope. In the first lines of his prayer, Habakkuk prayed;
“I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy” (Hab. 3:1 NLT).
Habakkuk found hope in God even when things were out of hand. He decided that his joy will never fade on account of the terrible things that happen because the Sovereign LORD is his strength. He concluded his prayer by saying;
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights” (Hab. 3:17-19 NLT).
I invite you to cast your worries, frustrations and every care to the Lord God, he cares and yes, in Christ you are more than a conqueror. Only make sure that you do not walk away from him, the surely, then Sovereign LORD will be your strength. Amen! Rev. J
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