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Why, God?

 So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth.  For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. 

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded.  For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. 

Habakkuk 1:4-5

Habakkuk dared ask God Almighty, “Why?”  Why he called out for justice, and saw none. Why he alone (or so it seemed) saw the sinfulness and iniquity around him. Why there was violence and disregard for the law.

Was God angry at Habakkuk for asking for answers? No, He welcome the fact that Habakkuk turned to Him rather than human understanding for answers. But neither did God answer the why; rather God said, “Look and see the things that I, the Lord, am doing all around you.” 

We don’t always see the way God works, nor do we know the reasons behind all He does, but we can see a glimpse into why He seems to delay (at least according to our standards.)  We read: 

 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9 

 Not wish that any should perish! Amazing! God desires everyone be saved through repentance and belief in the saving gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection! 

Something to think about in this Easter season.

Conditionality

 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 

We love promises, but we tend to balk at anyone or anything that places conditions on those promises. We don’t like to hear that we might actually have to make some effort ourselves, instead of being handed the thing on a silver platter. But sometimes those conditions are absolutely necessary.

God’s promises come both ways — some are unconditional such as “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” But some, like the verse above, have  conditions. This promise: “you will find me,” says we will find God when we seek him with all (our )heart.  The question is, are we, am I, willing to seek God with ALL my heart?  And what does that even mean?

To the first question, for me, I believe the answer is “Yes, I do want to seek with all my heart.”  To the second, perhaps it means putting God first:  Before I start rushing about on my agenda, take time to geet God with a word of thanks, a prayer, a praise.  Maybe it means reading His letter to me (the Bible) FIRST and not last. It might mean going to Sunday worship service to worship Him when I feel like sitting home and bawling my eyes out and feeling sorry for myself in my grief. 

Mostly I think it means just putting one foot in front of the other, and at every step I can manage, saying “I love you Jesus, and thank you for walking me through this.”


A Prayer for this week

Pray for All People:  First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. – 1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1Timothy2:1-2&version=ESV

We pray as our Christian calling, seeking the Lord’s direction, because it is our duty as citizens of the Kingdom.

We vote as our civic duty, for someone to fulfill a job, but only as a secondary concern.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33.

Be Still … part 2

Why do I allow myself to get so stressed over circumstances?  After all, one of the best stories I ever heard goes like this:

A pastor is greeting his congregation after a service, and asks one, ‘How are your doing?’  ‘Not bad, under the circumstances.’ The pastor said, ‘Why do you say that?  As a Christian, we are called and enabled to live above the circumstances of life.’

But I do.  Moving was a struggle this time – the uncertainty of whether or not these kids buying our house were ever going to get any of the necessary paperwork done, the constant changing of dates, etc.  It was crazy.

But GOD!  But God knew how it would work. But God knew when it was right. But God was in each and every detail.

So, what was my problem?  The same as always – lack of mindfulness.  I forgot to focus, to keep my eyes on Jesus, to remember His faithfulness.  In short, my imperfect human-ness got in the way.  Again.  Always.  Ugh.

Now what?  Well, it’s back to my free-weights class with the ladies on Tuesday nights to keep the body moving, back to The Daniel Plan group on Thursdays to keep connected and focused on a healthy, God-directed lifestyle, back to remembering to say ‘Thank you, Father,” for each and every thing in my life, good or bad.  In short, I need to get back to walking the walk and being a follower of Christ that way He asks me to.  So, Lord, I just ask you to help me to focus on You before each step, before each decision.  Help me to follow in your footsteps, carry me when I can’t, and show me by your example how to live!

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