Good Morning Harvest Church Family,
Sunday we began a new series on 'The Prophet Habakkuk'. We found out that Habakkuk lived in a time of great turmoil, before the Israelites were taken into captivity.
In the midst of his own nation’s faithlessness and rebellion to God’s Word, he saw other nations rising up that would challenge Israel. He saw the commonplace violence and destruction all around him. It seemed like God wasn’t doing anything during these events.
In our lives, we can also question what God is doing in the midst of our own tragedies and our every day life. Like Habakkuk, we should realize it is normal to ask these questions, to call out to God and ask Him to intervene in our time of trouble.
Surely, Job felt the same when his children were killed, and all his possessions were stripped from him. It is not a lack of faith to complain about our circumstances to God. Too often, we believe that questioning and crying out to God shows a lack of faith.
However, we learned Sunday that our complaints, our questions and our wrestling with faith allow us to join in a long line of people throughout history who have grown in faith by asking God questions and seeking out answers.
Even Jesus himself asked God if there was a way to redeem humanity from their sins that didn’t involve the cross and while on the cross, asked 'God why have You forsaken Me?'
The Bible is full of examples of people who were able to walk the line of asking questions to God without questioning God’s plans. Henry Blackaby called it a "crisis of belief." We all have them and all of us will go through some sort of it in our journey with God.
The question becomes are we going to push through and continue the journey even in the 'Dip' or low or are we going to just try and stay on the mountain top or abandon our faith all together?
A man with a demon-posessed son expressed many of our own feelings in Mark 9:23-24, "If you can?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief." God I believe in You and know who can do all things it's just right now you have to help me overcome my doubt.
My prayer is that you will not give up or try to stay just on the mountain but that you will go through the valley and allow God to deepen and mature you. James 1:2-4 reminds us, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
Let God do His work and see what happens as you walk with Him. Have a great rest of the week and know that He is still working even when we don't see it.
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene