A Word for the week

God Is Preparing Me

Habakkuk 3:17-19

What a wonderful declaration of trust, obedience, and praise! But it's a dramatic contrast to Habakkuk’s mindset in chapters 1 and 2. Habakkuk couldn't understand why God would allow the Chaldeans, to bring turmoil to God’s people. He couldn't understand that because God's people had gotten so far out of His ways, that sometimes God will use our enemies to get us back in His will!

There was even a sense of panic in his pleas to God. It reminded me of when the disciples were in a boat while in a storm. The disciples asked, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”… Even though Jesus was in the boat with them, and had instructed them into the boat! (NOTE: Being obedient to God, doesn't always keep us out of storms!) Jesus rebuked the wind, "Peace be still.”

By chapter 3, Habakkuk went from "worry to worship!" We learn in verse 17, that in an agricultural setting as they lived in, things couldn't get any worse! Habakkuk knew that in the worst of times he could rejoice! It's important for us to realize that our God can do anything. He may not change our situations right away, but He will "change us in our situations!" He will give us the peace, and courage to wait on Him until our change comes.

In verse 19 Habakkuk gave God "advance praise!" God was going to give him hinds feet that would enable him to walk upon high places. Remember my brothers and sisters, trouble don't last always! "But the God of all grace, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever Amen." 1 Peter 5:10

-Bill Titus