He knows what He's doing...always. [Monday, Nov. 08, 2004, 9:27 pm]
A few days ago I just felt like reading the book of Habakkuk before bed. Most Bible-readers usually pass on by that book, since it's small and jumbled around with the rest of the "minor prophets" of the old testament. But it's my favorite book in the Bible, in part because it's so relevant to today, despite its age.
Basically, it's a discourse between Habakkuk and God. Habakkuk asks the age-old question, "Why is there so much evil in the world, and why aren't You doing something about it?" And God answered him... at the end of the book, Habakkuk almost seemed repentant for questioning God at all, and wrote these words that have always comforted me:
In modern contexts, that might say something like, "I will wait for those who have attacked us to be defeated. Even though there's no gas in the car, no food in the pantry, and no money in the checking account, I will rejoice in God my Savior." Think what you want - I think it's beautiful.
It's funny how people who question God in the Bible are so often led to a place of utter repentance and humility. It was also the case with Job, who lost everything he owned, and decided to question God about it. When God got through responding to him, this is what Job said:
That's the point of this entire long-winded entry....even if everything collapses around my ears (which, in comparison to Job, it never has), God is still with me, and questioning Him will only lead me to discover that I am utterly worthless, and without Him I would be nothing, regardless of how well or how poorly my circumstances are faring.
Vitality - Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009