I trust that you are getting better acquainted with the Old Testament prophets each week. There are so many rich nuggets of truth and wisdom found in their writings. The messages are disturbing as the spiritual and moral decline of God’s people is detailed. People who know better acting as if they don’t is tragic, not only for themselves and their families, but the world around them.
And yet in the midst of the gloom and doom, God offers hope. If people will turn to him in repentance and trust, he will restore and bring healing. As bad a things get, God offers grace.
This Sunday we will spend some time considering the words of Habakkuk, another of the minor prophets. The treasure that I want to uncover is actually part of Habakkuk’s prayer to God about what he wants from God. And it’s not a selfish prayer, one focused on getting stuff from God. It’s about God getting the recognition and credit he deserves for who he is and what he has done.
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” Habakkuk 3:1,2
Think about the positive effects of making God famous. Declaring the awesomeness of God is fundamental to genuine worship. God is to be the focus of our lives. And we have more than enough to praise him for. Read through Habakkuk and hear his heart.
Our world today needs to see and experience God’s power on display. We are a lot like Habakkuk who knew what to ask God for. We who know God need to pray for God to renew his miraculous works in our day so that people will know how famous he really is.
In particular, our children need a first hand encounter with Almighty God. Let me leave you with this prayer from Psalms from someone like me who has experienced God’s greatness and wants our kids to know that for themselves.
“Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.” Psalm 71:17,18
See you Sunday…...blessings.