I am really treasuring my study with the minor prophets these last few weeks. Joel, Nahum, Obadiah, Habakkuk.....where have you guys been all my life? (I do know the answer to that question, just wanted you to see how convicting that was to me!) These guys reveal some awesome things about our God and His character. Most of their messages were referred to as "oracles" with the Hebrew meaning "burden," a load carried by beast of burden. I can so relate to that as a pastor's wife. I've seen the burden of the messages God has placed on my man. Some burdens pleasant to carry and deliver, some not, but must be delivered in obedience to God. What an overwhelming tasks our pastors must undertake, and yet there are those who think they have such "easy" jobs! Thank and bless your pastor today! (Sorry, but I just had to chase that rabbit for minute!)
I've been spending time with Habakkuk (or as I like to refer to him...Hab) this week. The whole book is just a conversation between him and the LORD God. I was so touched by his candidness. Fed up with the wickedness of his people he ask God what He's going to do about it. God responds and tells what He has made plans to do, but it's not exactly what ol' Hab was hoping for. Boy, does that scenerio sound familiar! God tells Hab He will raise up an enemy to defeat them and carry them off into captivity. Not only will He use the enemy to exercise discipline on His people , He will then judge the enemy for what they did. Lesson learned?......God can do what He dang well pleases! He is Sovereign God! He is at work in all things, no matter where they come from. He reminds Hab that "the righteous will live by his faith" (2:4). He is in control, He can be trusted, He knows what He is doing.
Hab gets it and in the final chapter responds to God with these profound words:
"LORD, I have heard of Your fame. I stand in awe of Your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known, in wrath, remember mercy.
Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet will I exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds' feet, and makes me walk on my high places." Hab. 3:2, 17-19
Hear this my sweet bloggity friends......WHEN ALL IS GONE, GOD IS NOT GONE! God is not to be be worshiped merely because of the temporal blessings He has bestowed, but for His own sake...who He IS! He is all we need.....and I hope you have found this to be true....He is enough!