Ed M. gets behind a prophet’s eyeballs with Habakkuk 2.6 as his main text today.
The prophet was at a critical juncture. He staggered at the prospect of continual cruelty. How long, he sighed, will the interminable plundering of ruthless men go on? They seem to do their mischief with impunity, Habakkuk 2:6. Does God care?
What questions do ask in the face of long-term injustice? What answers do you find? What does this say about God?
This is a parenthetical statement of P. Pett in comments on Rom 7.4:
We must not let the work of the Holy Spirit blind us to the fact that Jesus Christ Himself and the Father also live within us. We can become too fond of splitting up the Triune God.
“Hopelessness and helplessness are not options for Christians who serve a God who will work his purpose for his glory.” —T.S. Ranier, “Church growth and evangelism in Acts”
Everlasting love is Ed M.’s devotional thought today, from Jeremiah 31.3. His final prayer is poignant:
You, O Lord, are infinite love. Thank You for Your care. Draw me. Lift me. Allure me. Bring me gently home. In Him, whose love knows no boundaries, Amen.
Focus question: In what ways do I shut out God’s love from shining in my life?
Do not look overly much for results. The desire for spiritual fruit from your labors is healthy. God wants that. But avoid the fallacy of immediate results. Let God bring them forth in his time. Focus on being faithful in your work. O Soul, keep working, and let God be God! Have faith in his power. Trust his wisdom. Know that he will use you for great things, many of which you will never know about. Did Abraham have an idea of all that God would do through him? He had the promise. And that was enough for him. Persevere, sow the seed, pray for wisdom and strength, keep moving forward. Grow in yourself, and God will mightily perform his will. Glorify him!
Do not believe that your life is in the hands of men. It may seem like our well-being depends upon governments and businesses. You might feel helpless before the forces at work in the world. There seem to be plenty of people working against the gospel and the truth, without inventing wild conspiracies. Do not despair! If you follow Christ, O Soul, your life is in God’s hands. He is sovereign. He has control over every government and every power. Nothing can withstand his will. He moves forward with his plan, and no one can stop him. Rest in his omnipotence. Find peace in his governance. Your hope is in his word of might.
O Soul, do not trust in self. You do not have the strength nor wisdom. You cannot know yourself. Your heart is deceitful, even to yourself. From the heart rise evil thoughts. Sin lurks ever near the surface. The father of lies controls this world and the hearts of men. Trust in the Lord. Forsake your self-confidence to seek his power and truth. Call every day upon him. Let him see your tears. Let him hear your pleas. Confess your weakness. Admit your ignorance. Place every need within his hand. He will care for you. Obey the Lord, and he will give you peace and love.
O Soul, plan for eventualities. In an instant, emergencies can happen. Be prepared for changes in your day and your life. Bring the grace and love of God to new circumstances. Accept what comes as a necessary step to using the moment for good. See where the flux of a situation can provide opportunity for service. Step forward in the breach of change. Show the way of faith to those who are caught in the doubt of tragedy. Assure yourself and others of God’s goodness, regardless of the suffering. Be the presence of God when others question it.
Many think of it in scary terms. God’s children rejoice in it, says Ed M. today in his devotional.
We rejoice in the omniscience of God. We welcome Him into the sanctuary of our thoughts. He is our Friend. We are happy for Him to abide in us. We have nothing to hide. We can hide nothing, Psalms 7:9; Jeremiah 20:12; Revelation 2:23.
Focus question: What can I do to welcome God more and more into my life? How does my consciousness of God’s omniscience enliven my soul and make it glad?