God is at work

Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. The Lord replied, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it. Habakkuk 1:3-5 From the text, Habakkuk realized that God communicates with His people through the events that are taking place around them. He expressed his dismay that the wicked people seemed to be getting their way. Then God told Him that He is doing something and that he be watchful for His will to transpire through the events happening. Christians usually take their cue from God through His word, through prayer, and through the working of the Holy Spirit. God’s admonition is for us to also see that He is actively involved and He is working His will through the circumstances that are happening in our lives. God is not detached and unconcerned to what is happening in the lives of His children. The disciples realized that God has the power over the raging storm (Luke 8:25). They saw how Zacchaeus, a corrupt tax collector, was changed when He went to His house and witnessed to him (Luke 19:1-10). They witnessed how Christ was hanged on the cross and took the penalty to pay for the sins of the people. This conveyed a powerful message that because God loved us, it brought about the death of His only begotten Son. Then the event of the resurrection provided the proof that God has the power over death and that He is true to His commitment and will keep His promises. “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die” (John 11:25-26). As a child of God, because you have placed your faith in Him, anticipate that he will be at work in your life through the things that are taking place around you. What might be transpiring is an answer to your prayer and God is speaking to you. Ask Him to provide you a clear understanding and to have the ability to respond in obedience to whatever He is conveying to you through your circumstances. Relate your experience to how God reveals Himself through His word for He will not go against the revelation of His character thought in it. When Habakkuk realized that God is doing something in the events taking place around Him, he expressed his confidence that even if the circumstances will not turn to become a desirable one, he will remain trusting God. “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).

Blessings,

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