Habakkuk 1 – Debating God

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March 17
Oh how many times have we blamed God for every wrong thing that’s going on? How many times have we thought of God as unjust?

There really are times when we think we’re better than God, we think He’s not doing anything at all. However, we’re 100% wrong.

March 18
Habakkuk seemed to judge their enemies. He was filled with indignation, which compelled him to tell God what to do.

I got confused with this verse:

Habakkuk 1:6 NKJV
For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.

It made me ask: “Why did God raise up a bitter and hasty nation like the Chaldeans?”

March 19
This is the one question that we, like Habakkuk, ask God most of the time: “Why?” We always wonder why this and that happened. “Why did it have to happen to me? Why now?“ we ask. God has His reasons that at the time only He knows. However, we can rest on the truth that He’s got our best interests at heart. We have to trust Him because He is God.

This chapter reminds me of Ecclesiastes 3:1: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” (NLT).

March 20
What do we do when God seems silent?

In this chapter, the Prophet Habakkuk was very indignant. He couldn’t stand justice being overruled time and again any more. He wanted God to act, as if God was not doing anything.

Then I realized, yeah, sometimes God really seems silent but it doesn’t mean He is. He may also seem idle at times, but He never was. When hardships come, we have a choice. We can choose either to accuse God of being anything but compassionate or we can choose to trust Him that He knows what He’s doing.

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Jeremiah 38 – PROPHET’S PERILS

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March 9
What Ebed-melech did in this chapter was inspiring.

I also admire Jeremiah for speaking the truth even when he was put into a cistern for it. However, he gave in when he was asked by King Zedekiah to lie to the officials.

I could only imagine how hard it must have been for King Zedekiah to follow God’s command, which Jeremiah proclaimed. God wanted him to surrender and fall into captivity.

In our days, sometimes God asks us to do the same. However, unlike King Zedekiah, we let our pride take over us. We lean on our own understanding. We forget that God is God. The ending–regret and shame.

March 10

Jeremiah 38:20 ESV
Jeremiah said, “You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the Lord in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared.”

This still stands today. When we listen to and obey the voice of the Lord, we can rest assured of God’s protection.

Jeremiah 38:28 ESV
And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.

Here, the Prophet Jeremiah was so privileged to see the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord unfold before his very eyes.

March 12
How many times has God asked us to surrender everything to Him?

More often than not, we have a hard time giving in to what He asks of us. This is because we depend our decisions on what is at sight. When we disobey God, in effect we tell Him: “I don’t trust you that much.”

Indeed it was ironic when God commanded King Zedekiah to surrender so he could save his life (Jeremiah 38:17).

Here I was reminded to trust God no matter what it takes.