In the words of the (used to be famous) song: "It just another manic Monday." Without looking it up, tell me who sang that in the comments.
Anyway, I pray you all had a great weekend-and enjoyed you time of worship on Sunday. I have been pretty hit-or-miss on my blog recently-mainly due to my school courses this semester, so I apologize for that. Next semester, my course load is a bit lighter (thankfully). This past Sunday we looked at the 2nd chapter of Habakkuk. This week I am going to focus on:
Habakkuk 3: 1-16
A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.[a]
2 Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.
3 God came from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran.[b]
His glory covered the heavens
and his praise filled the earth.
4 His splendor was like the sunrise;
rays flashed from his hand,
where his power was hidden.
5 Plague went before him;
pestilence followed his steps.
6 He stood, and shook the earth;
he looked, and made the nations tremble.
The ancient mountains crumbled
and the age-old hills collapsed--
but he marches on forever.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
the dwellings of Midian in anguish.
8 Were you angry with the rivers, Lord?
Was your wrath against the streams?
Did you rage against the sea
when you rode your horses
and your chariots to victory?
9 You uncovered your bow,
you called for many arrows.
You split the earth with rivers;
10 the mountains saw you and writhed.
Torrents of water swept by;
the deep roared
and lifted its waves on high.
11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
at the glint of your flying arrows,
at the lightning of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
and in anger you threshed the nations.
13 You came out to deliver your people,
to save your anointed one.
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
gloating as though about to devour
the wretched who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
churning the great waters.
16 I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.
I know this section is a bit longer than I normally cover, but I wanted to take the section as a whole for this blog entry. The book of Habakkuk is a conversation between the prophet and the Lord. We see that Habakkuk really struggles in the first chapter with the decisions of God. Yet, by the third chapter, Habakkuk is coming to the realization that he can trust the Lord, despite not understanding everything. When we go through periods of "silence," one of our best tools is the ability to remember the times where God came through-where we saw His faithfulness. Even though our lives might not be going well right now, we can trust in the sovereignty of the Lord. God's sovereignty is a difficult thing for you and I to understand. God sees time from beginning to end-while we can only see "in part." We have no idea what is going on behind the scenes. When we experience personal tragedy, it may hurt for a while, but God does not want us to wallow in our grief-we trust that He knows what He is doing.