Monthly Archives: June 2013
Can I Trust God?
Yes, When ….
1. I know who He is.
God is Good
Definition: The goodness of God means not only that all that God is and does is worthy of approval, but also that God is the final standard of what is good.
He is good in himself, and this goodness is the final standard of good – Lk 18:19; Ps 100:5; 106:1. Good is whatever conforms to his character.
God’s goodness is closely related to several other characteristics of his nature:
a) God’s mercy
b) God’s grace
c) God’s love
One of God’s faithful missionaries, Allen Gardiner, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, “While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me.” In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the southern tip of South America. When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, “I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God.”
2. I know what He has done.
Habakkuk goes through the entire journey of Israel. Let us constantly remind ourselves of what God has done in our lives.
We see here that Habakkuk goes from a complaining mode to a contentment mode and all that happened when he reminded himself of what God had done for them as a people.
When we are confused remind yourself of what God has done and that’s the right thing to do.
We need to tell our children the way our Lord has led us. Tell them about how we have come to God, how God has provided. they need to know it is God, in times of sickness knowing that God intervenes and He heals.
Roger Simms, hitchhiking his way home, would never forget the date–May 7. His heavy suitcase made Roger tired. He was anxious to take off his army uniform once and for all. Flashing the hitchhiking sign to the oncoming car, he lost hope when he saw it was a black, sleek, new Cadillac. To his surprise the car stopped. The passenger door opened. He ran toward the car, tossed his suitcase in the back, and thanked the handsome, well-dressed man as he slid into the front seat. “Going home for keeps?” “Sure am,” Roger responded. “Well, you’re in luck if you’re going to Chicago.” “Not quite that far. Do you live in Chicago?” “I have a business there. My name is Hanover.” After talking about many things, Roger, a Christian, felt a compulsion to witness to this fifty-ish, apparently successful businessman about Christ. But he kept putting it off, till he realized he was just thirty minutes from his home. It was now or never. So, Roger cleared his throat, “Mr. Hanover, I would like to talk to you about something very important.” He then proceeded to explain the way of salvation, ultimately asking Mr. Hanover if he would like to receive Christ as his Savior. To Roger’s astonishment the Cadillac pulled over to the side of the road. Roger thought he was going to be ejected from the car. But the businessman bowed his head and received Christ, then thanked Roger. “This is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.”
Five years went by, Roger married, had a two-year-old boy, and a business of his own. Packing his suitcase for a business trip to Chicago, he found the small, white business card Hanover had given him five years before. In Chicago he looked up Hanover Enterprises. A receptionist told him it was impossible to see Mr. Hanover, but he could see Mrs. Hanover. A little confused as to what was going on, he was ushered into a lovely office and found himself facing a keen-eyed woman in her fifties. She extended her hand. “You knew my husband?” Roger told how her husband had given him a ride when hitchhiking home after the war. “Can you tell me when that was?” “It was May 7, five years ago, the day I was discharged from the army.” “Anything special about that day?” Roger hesitated. Should he mention giving his witness? Since he had come so far, he might as well take the plunge. “Mrs. Hanover, I explained the gospel. He pulled over to the side of the road and wept against the steering wheel. He gave his life to Christ that day.” Explosive sobs shook her body. Getting a grip on herself, she sobbed, “I had prayed for my husband’s salvation for years. I believed God would save him.” “And,” said Roger, “Where is your husband, Mrs. Hanover?” “He’s dead,” she wept, struggling with words. “He was in a a car crash after he let you out of the car. He never got home. You see–I thought God had not kept His promise.” Sobbing uncontrollably, she added, “I stopped living for God five years ago because I thought He had not kept His word!”
3. I absolutely surrender to Him.
Habakkuk 17-19: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet 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 enables me to go on the heights.”
I can trust God when I completely surrender to Him and His plans.
Habakkuk moves: From Worrying to Watching to Waiting to Worshiping
Israelites were farmers and shepherds mainly, when we see the Old testament Abraham Isaac , Jacob – God prospered them, their land was fruitful and their cattle increased in numbers. But here Habakkuk is saying, even when we do not see any of those things, when we are having a desert like experience, when people around mock at us yet we will surrender to your will.
Are we going through a desert like experience?
Are we only seeing obstacles on our road?
Are we going through a time where there seems to be no answers coming?
Are we tired of waiting?
The Sovereign Lord gives victory over circumstances to those who trust Him. The way to get out from under the load is to get right under the Lord. To be under the Lord is to be over the circumstances. That’s the way God is going to work.