Generally Speaking

Habakkuk 3: 16b-19: chapter three is entitled Habakkuk’s prayer.  He is praying the calamity of attacking army.  Then at the very end of the prayer, Habakkuk states that no matter what Lord, I will praise you because you are the one that gives me strength. It is hard to praise God in times of trouble. Yet, it is through praising God in times of trouble, that we find peace. Peace like a river that will run through your soul. I know it is hard, when things go bad, and it seems as if it is a daily occurrence, our human nature wants to cry out Why God? Our human nature wants to say God, why are you doing this to me?  Instead of relying on our human nature, we have to rely on our spiritual nature. The spiritual nature knows that praising God brings victory.  Oh, things are not miraculously get better but since I believe in miracles, you never know, they might get miraculously better. However, generally speaking, these things take time. When we praise God in the storm, the storm might not end, but we will fill the Peace of God and it will be easier to bear.

16bYet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity come on the nation invading us. 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,   I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

 

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