one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” Hebrews 10:23-24
It is a little eerie when a scripture stays in your head and continues to appear unexpectedly. Some time ago, in church, we had an enormous breakthrough during a spirit-filled “High” Holy Day. It began with an Elder’s reading of Habakkuk 3:17-19, and was paired with her ardent prayers and supplication to God based on those three verses. It culminated with a brilliant sermon, filled with the Hope of God and God’s Love for humanity. This scripture has stayed with me since, and has prompted me to look at the cycle of our relationship with God.
At the beginning of our romance with God, we begin the dating process superficially —He looks good; and, it feels good to be with Him. Many times whatever we want—we get; but for the most part, without really getting into the depth of faith necessary to sustain a great long-lasting relationship. However, as we continue to date God, there are times when our desires will not be advantageous to Him, and how we react to not receiving our desire will make all the difference whether or not we develop the depth of faith necessary to remain faithful in a crisis. (Isn't it the same in a human relationship? Don’t we really want someone who is there for us in a crisis —someone who doesn't run or waver at the first sign of trouble?)
Habakkuk 3:17-19, is one of those passages invoking Christians to offer praise and thanksgiving unto God, even though we are unable to see the visual manifestations of His Love in our lives. It is quite powerful because, it offers the opportunity and insight to accept our circumstances with the understanding that God still cares no matter how great our obstacles, trials, or tribulations may appear. You can imagine it as the book of Job in three verses. “Yea, though Thou slay me, I will still believe.” It is a powerful reminder of God’s Love affair with mankind, and an affirmation of our love to Him. God’s Faithfulness is unquestionable; we know that God will come through for us in a crisis! Our faith however, can waver like the wind.
Take the time to remind yourself of God’s Blessings in your life, and give thanks whether you can see the visual manifestations of His Love or not. It will not only strengthen your relationship, but it will increase your depth of faith so, when necessary, like all real relationships, you can come through for Him in a crisis. L.
Study Reference: Habakkuk 3:17-19, Hebrews 10:22-24
From:"Faithful In A Crisis." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living
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