Stop wrestling with God
March 16, 2010
O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?
-- Habakkuk 1:2
Habakkuk was a prophet of God who lived about 2600 years ago. Now interestingly, his very name means "one who wrestles with God." And that's exactly what he's doing in today's verse.
Habakkuk is angry, argumentative, and anxious. He's looking at the moral decay of his day, the spiritual decline and injustices, and he wants to know what God is going to do about it. Nothing's making sense. He's disillusioned and questioning God's ways.
Now, I'm sure you and I can identify with Habakkuk in some way. Maybe you're grappling with God and questioning why things happen as they do. Clearly, we live in painful and perplexing times. War and death, suffering and disease, calamity and disaster are part of our daily experiences.
And like Habakkuk, there may be times when you call out to heaven and get no answer. But listen, when this happens, you mustn't let the fog of doubt dampen your faith.
Follow Habakkuk's lead and push on through the doorway of doubt. As someone once said, "A faith that cannot be tested is a faith that cannot be trusted."
You will be tested and challenged. It's a fact of a Christ-follower's life, but you can choose how to respond to these tests.
When doubts arise, don't wrestle with God, but let your faith be ignited by your trust in almighty God!
A FAITH THAT CANNOT BE TESTED
IS A FAITH THAT CANNOT BE TRUSTED.
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