What if troubled times are on the calendar for America? What if God allows economic crisis and hardship in the land of the free and home of the brave? What if persecution comes to Christians in America, and what if the freedoms we have known are further eroded or eliminated? If that should occur in our land, it could certainly be a challenge to our faith, and it could be downright discouraging and disheartening should we surrender to the challenges to our hope and faith in God. However, in the face of uncertainty and the foreboding issues of our time, we need to look and listen to fellow servants of God who have gone before us, and have overcome great difficulties and challenges in their cultures.
The prophet Habakkuk lived and wrote approximately 625 years before Christ, and he faced trouble and uncertain times as we do today. Habakkuk had two specific questions for God related to the condition of his world: “Why would you allow so much corruption to continue in the land of Judah for so long without being punished? Why would a holy God allow such a wicked people as the Babylonians to come and ravage the land of Judah whom He loves?”
After God answered Habakkuk with words of encouragement, Habakkuk wrote these words of faith and determination in chapter 3:17-19:
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines; though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”
Habakkuk also gave hope to God’s people of a future glory where the “earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
Although we may have lost confidence in our government leaders, and our faith in God may be tested, we can be sure of this: Our God is faithful and trustworthy AND He does not change. The God who formed the worlds with the word of His mouth; The God who fed millions of His children with bread from heaven; who led them through the Red Sea on dry ground; who stopped the sun in its tracks to ensure victory for His own; The God who opened blinded eyes, healed the lame, and raised the dead, is our Father, Jehovah Jireh. and He will provide whatever we need, whenever we need it. In fact, He has already set in motion whatever our needs require. Remember, Jehovah Jireh, “the God who provides” is the one who sees before and makes provision. (Provide comes from Latin Pro Video…”before vision”)
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