There's An App For That: How Do I Get to Know God? | Habakkuk 3:2
LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
Habakkuk did not live at a high time in his country’s history. The government was in disarray, the culture was in decay, and Habakkuk was disillusioned with God. He opened his book with this complaint: “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen…the law is paralyzed and justice never prevails.” The book contains two lengthy complaints, two answers from God, and ends with a prayer. The opening words of the prayer are found in today’s passage.
After wrestling with God, Habakkuk says that God’s past work is well known. Reflecting on all God’s past acts, he confesses, “I stand in awe of your deeds.” Then Habakkuk makes a great request. He asks God to turn past memories into present realities, “in our day make [your deeds] known.” What a great prayer!
God’s name is not “I WAS” but “I AM.” He never changes. As powerful as past memories are, they will eventually fade. We need to see God work in our lives today. We need fresh faith. We need renewed courage. We need personal, powerful, awesome encounters with God. Then we can pass God’s fame to the next generation… and pray that they have renewed experiences with God in their days.
Father, keep our faith fresh. Keep us trusting you. Give us renewed experiences that create renewed passion. And help us to pass that passion to the next generation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.