Day 19 ThemePatience and Hope

The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him - Habakkuk 2:20

When we cannot see evidence of God at work, or are puzzled by the unfolding of His providences, there is a tendency to draw the wrong conclusions. When evil was rampant in the land of Israel, Habakkuk assumed that God was doing nothing. He asked, "O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!"

He ultimately became satisfied that God is sovereign and that all should bow before Him. His observation is a good reminder for us: "The Lord is in His holy temple." Some things may be confusing us and it may appear that there is chaos all around us, but to remember that the Lord is in His holy temple is reassuring. No matter how out of control things appear to us, God is still reigning.

Every affliction that comes our way is under His control. Therefore, we must not complain. "Let all the earth keep silence before Him." Knowing God has a purpose in our trials gives us hope. Surely the affliction will purge us of our pride, our self love, or envy. Surely by our sufferings we will be made more holy, more like Christ, and God will reveal to us more of Himself.

What a calming effect the truth can have on us. If there were forces outside God's control, or events over which He had no jurisdiction, our condition would indeed be desperate. But to constantly rejoice in the fact that He is in His holy temple and is reigning according to His pleasure gives us peace and hope in the darkest of times. 

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