“This prayer was sung by the prophet Habakkuk: 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. I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise. His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden. Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind. When he stops, the earth shakes. When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One!
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...."
Habakkuk 3:1-6, 17-19 NLT
Habakkuk prophesies prior to the Babylonian invasion. He knows that God sees all the treachery in the land and judgment will come. He fears the awesome power of God rather than the hosts of men. No matter what accomplishments we may claim to ourselves we are but finite creatures under the sovereign hand of Almighty God! He sees all, knows all, and has all power. We must not think for a moment that we are somehow beyond His reach, both in judgment and in mercy. God can, in an instant, bring us to our knees or raise us up to our feet. May we cry out to God today and beg for His mercy. Regardless of the circumstances, let us praise God for who He is. He is the GREAT I AM! He is from everlasting to everlasting. His reign is righteous, His yoke is easy, and His burden is light! We can't outlive Him and we can't live without Him. He can't be voted in, voted out, impeached, or die. He is the ETERNAL GOD!
The question is this:
Will we turn to Him for healing and restoration? I pray so!! I don't know about you but I am crying out to God in humility and repentance. I seek His face, not His hand. Right standing with Him is our safe refuge! Let's run to Him and find shelter beneath His wings. He will be our protector from the assaults of the enemy. He is our HIgh Tower! We must praise Him regardless of the conditions of life! He alone is our salvation!!!
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude”
Psalms 46:1-11 NLT
Today, rest in His care, not the uncertain situation around you! Run to Him!
Curtis R. Norris
Rev. Curtis Norris