8-30-12

I read through Habakkuk this morning, and as I came to the end, it occurred to me what a gift Habakkuk was given. I know I’ve studied this book before and come to the same conclusion, but sometimes God sends us to a specific scripture in order to remind us all over again. In this book, Habakkuk begins by complaining to God about the injustice committed within the Israelite nation and how God seems to not care. God responds by saying that He’s sending the Chaldeans to attack, and thereby punish the Israelites for their disobedience. By the end of this short book, Habakkuk praises God for His loving care of His people.

God gave Habakkuk the gift of knowing exactly why bad guys were coming against the nation. And in doing so, he praised God. There is a song on the radio right now, I can’t remember what it’s called at the moment, but there is a line that says something like “what if pain is really God’s mercy.” That’s the message of this book.

So today, take a moment to examine your approach to whatever it is you’re dealing with. Instead of just asking God to fix your situation, examine it instead to see if God’s trying to teach you something, or rescuing you from something worse. God loves each of us more than we could ever realize, and sometimes, while we cannot see the reason, trials really are a gift of His mercy.

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