Don't Lose Heart - Tuesday, January 1st 2013
"A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy."
Babylon was about to take Judah; Babylon, who's gates must have bulged with wickedness, more so than all of Israel. Habakkuk couldn't understand how God could use evil in the lives of the righteous to produce His good purposes. You've probably had the same question.
It is so difficult to understand how God, in His sovereignty, is able to use bad things to produce good results - yet He does. Do you ever look back at the potholes of your life and realize God was at work? It's so much easier to comprehend God's work in your life looking back than when in the midst of trials, yet we should be confident that God is ultimately in control.
Psalm 20:7 "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God." NKJV
It is so hard not to place our trust in man's wisdom - man's creations and power - our assumptions. Yet there is One who calls it all foolishness. When troubles come, where do you place your trust? Your actions reveal it. Where do you go? The Bible, prayer, godly counsel - these are the refuge of those who place their trust in God. Faith is not only what you believe in, it's what you put your trust in. When in the midst of trials, know that God is with you. Don't lose heart!
Life Lesson: Faith isn't just what you believe in; it's what you put your trust in.
Thank You for loving me. Thank You for who You are and for Your love, grace, and mercy. Lord, I am so grateful You are patient with me. I thank You for all the things You have so freely given to me. Lord, there are things in my life that I need to change. It's not easy to trust sometimes, and I am sorry. Help my doubt. Help me to keep my eyes on You. Empower me through my trials and uncertainties to trust in You. I submit my life to You wholeheartedly. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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