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Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Psalm 20:7)

Peace When Life Fails

 

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

 

When the sky turns dark, your health fails, your marriage partner walks out on you, or you are made redundant from the job you hoped you would keep until retirement, your world gradually unravels. The words of the apostle Paul “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), if the truth be told, seem to torment you.  No matter how you try to put things together, it just doesn’t make sense. It is sheer anguish and pain.

 

Truthfully, you are not the first to feel as you do. The Bible tells us of a man who faced the same distress as that which confronts us all. His name is Habakkuk.  He lived about 600 years before Christ, when the world was in possibly the greatest turmoil of pre-Christian times.  World powers were hanging by threads.  There appeared to be no hope for Habakkuk’s nation of Israel.  Doom seemed imminent.  Habakkuk looked at his nation and saw corruption, confusion, and bewilderment.  “Why does God not intervene?” he asked.  “Why does there seem to be lack of justice in God’s management of the world? Why is God silent in times of disaster? Why doesn’t He hear me and help me?”

 

Habakkuk did find an answer. The answer was looking beyond his trouble, realizing that no matter what happened God would still be on the throne of the universe.  He is from everlasting to everlasting. Said the psalmist: “In ages past you laid the foundations of the earth and made the heavens with your hands!  They shall perish, but you go on forever. They will grow old like worn-out clothing, and you will change them like a man putting on a new shirt and throwing away the old one!  But you yourself never grow old. You are forever, and your years never end.  But our families will continue; generation after generation will be preserved by your protection” (Psalm 102:25-28 Living Bible).

 

Habakkuk had questions in his mind.  But he did the right thing about these questions; he brought them to God.  God not only answered his questions, but also put a song in his heart.  When Habakkuk looked at the circumstances around about him, he was perplexed; but when he turned to God, he found joy and that inner peace, which the world in its chaos and confusion couldn’t give him.

 

My dear friend, the key to knowing God in a personal way lies in knowing His Son, who said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” Altogether too often we forget that Jesus was not greeted with great acclaim but was rejected and despised and eventually crucified at the hands of Roman soldiers.

 

Yes, His world became undone, but it was so that our torn and perplexing world can eventually come together.  Because Christ triumphed over death, we too can triumph beyond our circumstances and even thank God that through it all, He is more than able to meet us and give us deliverance and His peace which passes all understanding.

 

Habakkuk went beyond his doubt, his struggle, his uncertainty, and when he did, frankly, his problems didn’t matter. Beloved, take time to read Habakkuk 3 and understand that there is peace and serenity when your world unravels, when things don’t go right, and when you have become a victim of wrongdoing.  When you see God as did Habakkuk, that’s enough.  Behind the darkest cloud is the sunshine.

 

A little girl was once a passenger on the ship of which her father was captain.  On the voyage, a raging storm developed.  The captain ordered all on board to put on life jackets.  The steward woke the little girl in her cabin and told her of the order.  She asked, “Who is at the helm of the ship?”  “Your father,” he replied.  “Well, then, if Daddy is at the helm, everything will be all right.”  This is the faith that we need in times like these.  

 

My fellow Christian, our heavenly Father is at the helm of every situation, regardless, how difficult, dark, confusing and unpredictable life at times made be. In Christ, your life and mine are utterly at the disposal and the sovereign will of God. Regardless, how our world unravels, in the end, God will triumph, and our lives will be secure in His hands, even beyond this life into our future eternal Home. Therefore, look to Him and rest in His care. We are just passing through on our way home. And in the end, everything will be well.

With prayers and blessings,

Benjamin

Prayer

 

Heavenly Father, at times like the prophet Habakkuk we feel alone, confused, beaten up,

tears fill our eyes, we toss and turn at night.

Words can’t express the pain and anguish in our hearts.

But in faith, we pray seeking your help and guidance.

Help us not to fear the present nor the future but to boldly trust that you are in control.

 

When life plunge us down and we feel in despair, help us to look to you and to rest in your care.

When we can’t talk and don’t know what to say, help us to

“Be still, and know that you are God”.

Be our comforter, our healer and through faith in Jesus our Saviour and Lord,

bring us His peace, His strength and the awareness of His precious, loving and holy presence.

In His name we pray. 

Amen

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