The Lord is My Strength

HabakkukYet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength, he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enable me to tread on the heights. For the director of music, On my stringed instruments.         (Habakkuk 3:18-19 NIV)

The book of Habakkuk is in the Old Testament, there is not much information of this prophet in the Old Testament. Habakkuk addressed his book to God, and not the people of Judah. In a dialogue with God, he discussed problems of suffering and justice. He could not understand how God could use Judah’s enemies to judge his chosen people. But the book ends with Habakkuk’s prayer of praise.

The prophet Habakkuk sounds a lot like us living  these days at this time. We all seem to question God with all of the whys. Why do people steal, why do someone kills another human being, why is there so much other violence in the world Lord, why is their earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and I know that our list goes on and on, why does some suffer with illness, poverty, so much death that seems all around them, and our pain is so very deep. Believe me when I tell you this, that God hears and I mean hears all of human’s complaints that we have, and even thro we do not understand the following, one that he has give all men and woman this thing called free will, and many times the suffering some go thru is at the hands of someone else, the other thing to realize is that even thro we don’t see our situation changing does not mean that God is ignoring any of his children, this is when we think that God is so far away from it all, is that he is closer than any of us can ever dream or imagine. Habakkuk’s prayer in chapter 3 says the following 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. God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran, His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise, rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. Plaque went before him pestilence followed his steps, He stood, and shook the earth, he looked, and made the nations tremble.

I can truly say that we all have gone thru valleys in our own lives for many reasons, however in spite of what we have all gone thru we have a Awesome God. A God who loves all of his children the same, and regardless of our many sins, his love never changes either. For it is when we are in the pit of despair we need to continue to Praise our Lord, and not only when things are going well for us, because it when we are in the bit of despair that we need the Lord the most.

Grace and Peace to you my Friends

 

 

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Parable of the Mustard Seed

 

untitled mustard seed.png Read Matthew 13:31-32

Jesus told his disciples another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Through it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Jesus used parables often and to great effect. Parables were a good way to teach and Jesus was good at telling them. The enemies of Jesus were always waiting for him to say something they could use against him. ( Matthew 13:34-35) Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.  (Psalm 78:2, and also the new Testament  1 Corinthians 2:7)

What Jesus was teaching his disciples and even us today is that we just need to have faith as tiny as a mustard seed to believe. Too many times people would say show it to me and I will believe it, however Jesus was telling us the opposite. You need to believe first, that is the start to having faith. If we look at the clouds and different things in the sky we know when rain or snow is coming, we can feel the wind all around us. However when it comes to believing people want proof. Lets talk a good look around our world, pass any of the terrible things we have seen and what the news has put on our TV, computers, newspaper, and let us look at the beauty that God has created for his children. It’s winter now, and even thro the bad weather can be dangerous to drive or walk in for many, we can see how white the snow is. When I look around my home with the snow, I see that the earth is asleep for now until springtime, but these words come to my mind. Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow ( Isaiah 1:18) God has wipe my sins away and I am now white as snow, and he has done this thru his one and only son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all who believes. Have you ever listen to a small child, I mean really listen to them, they are not afraid to believe in God who they can’t see with their own eyes, however they can feel him in their hearts. I have taught Sunday School and lead Vacation Bible School for many years, and the one thing I can truly say it is not always what I have taught them it is what they have taught me along the way about faith. I remember when I began to teach Sunday School in my early twenties, and it was the kindergarten class, ( a little child could see that I had been  crying from a difficult time I was going thru)  and the little boy came up and gave me wild flowers, and told me these words, I love you, things will get better. I knew in my spirit that it was God speaking thru this little boys to give me words of encouragement, and to remind me how much he truly loves me, and yes he truly loves you, just because you are his son or daughter and for no other reason. Over the next few writings on my blog I will share and talk with you more on having a tiny seed of faith.

 

Grace and Peace to all of you my friends