I Am Habakkuk

We question God, not question that He is God, but you know when someone is doing something and you just look at them like “Why are you doing that? How is that accomplishing anything?” (And if you know me there are most definitely facial expressions that come with those questions.)

I think we do that with God sometimes. We let our questions, confusion, doubts, frustration, and sometimes hurt completely cloud the way we look to God. We actually look to God and say “Why are you doing that? How is this accomplishing anything?” and sometimes even “Okay God this isn’t what we talked about”. I can’t tell you how many times that is how my relationship with God has been. Really wondering just where He is going with this, where He is leading me, and wondering what He is doing. Then I came to the point when I realized I am Habakkuk. I question God and His reasons, the way He does things, and why things aren’t happening the way I think they should, but I have no right to that. Yet I still do it.

No, my Habakkuk moment isn’t total violence, destruction, and conflict. My Habakkuk moment is different than that, it is still frustration and confusion, just in a different way.

I know I am Habakkuk because I get frustrated, confused, and feel disheartened often when I just don’t see what God is trying to do. I am sure there are other Habakkuk’s in the world, I don’t know maybe you are. I am not going to lie Habakkuk has got major guts, he goes to God and pours out his heart and frustration. He called out “How long?” he questioned God and His reasons, he cries out to God “Why?”

When was the last time we did that? When was the last time you fell on your knees and cried to your Father in heaven? I think maybe we feel bad for going to God and crying out in our confusion and frustration but then again it is pretty easy to do. It is easy to cry out to God for change in a situation, the hard part comes when you know you’ve cried out but the situation doesn’t change.  

Habakkuk cries, God answers. But God answers in a way that shows His will is utterly amazing.

“Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not even believe, even if I were to tell you.”

Habakkuk 1:5 

I thought of this the other day. I don’t want to know exactly what His will is for my life, I mean I’d be lying to you if I didn’t want to know some thing He has in store. But I also know He is up to something, He moves in mighty ways that we can never fathom. That brings glory to Him, and it brings peace to me. Inknowing that He has something so great up His sleeve for me that I wouldn’t even be able to wrap my head around, that makes me see how loved and cherished we are as His children.

God is answering in ways we can’t fathom because He is moving in ways we can’t fathom.

Go to God, He longs for the embrace with His children, He wants to give you comfort. But how can He give us comfort if we don’t go to Him in the pain and frustration? Take everything to God. Praise. Thanksgiving. Doubts. Hurt. Confusion. Loss. Faith. Maybe that is where we fall, we don’t go to God with everything. We go to God, yes, knowing we are sinner, but we still go to Him acting as if we have it all somewhat together. But He knows we are falling apart. Become aware that He is wanting a heart that truly beats and speaks to Him. He wants a soul that cries out for help when it seriously seems so impossible to find. You have to run to Him with everything. Like Habakkuk.

And when you go to Him with everything except everything, don’t except he will give you everything. But except His perfect will to be done. He is up to something. And He is everything.

{When you behold the glory of God and believe the Word of God, it gives you faith to accept the will of God.”  -Warren Wiersbe}

In knowing that our creator and Father is up to something it changes our stance. We aren’t standing in frustration anymore, we take a stance of praise. I took that note from Habakkuk. There God goes again with that living word of His, smackin us right up side the head with a verse that can be applied and lived out. We begin to change our stance to a faithful stance of praise because we know He is good, because He is God. And in your new stance of praise remember promises.

There are promises from God, we can’t forget He promises us things. I mean the list could go on and on of His promises. He even promises to give us the desires of our hearts if we humbly submit. And with humble submission our hearts desires start to be formed to be just like His hearts desires. Crazy how God works His will into our hearts.

Habakkuk 2:3 “For the revelation awaits for the appointed time: it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it: it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Promises from God in Habakkuk 2:3

1. The time is appointed.

2. Wait for it.

3. It will certainly come.

4. It will not delay.

We forget we can go to God and ask. Not ask, ask, and ask some more for literally whatever our little fleshly hearts desire. But humble yourself in His presence knowing that because of your faith if it doesn’t turn out exactly like you hoped and prayed you still have Jesus. And that is most important.

Mark 11:24 “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.”

With our new stance of praise comes guidance and instruction, and it is the best kind of guidance and instruction because it comes from God Himself if we let Him and obey Him. Cry out to Him, praise Him. and the funny thing is when we start to do all of those we start to feel guidance and a heavenly leading upon our lives that can only be explained as His overwhelming splendor and majesty.

“When I heard, my body trembled; My lips quivered at the voice; Rottenness entered my bones; And I trembled in myself, That I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to the people, He will invade them with his troops. Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.”

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:16-19‬

Habakkuk teaches us to face our doubts and questions honestly, and take them humbly to the Lord, wait for His word to teach us, and then worship Him no matter how we feel or what we see.

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