The prophet Habakkuk lived around the late 7th century B.C. It was a dark time in Jewish history. The Judean king, Josiah, who had abolished idolatry was killed in battle and the nation was turning away from God once again. The prophet is in despair as he talks to God:
Plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds.Habakkuk 1:3-4
As I was reading this, it reminded me of the world we live in today. Biblical values are being canceled and labeled hate speech. What is “right” is based upon a culture that is constantly shifting based upon what “feels right.” It’s difficult to even know what to say that won’t be deemed offensive by the speech police. Anxiety is at an all-time high, which is not surprising considering the soul-starvation of a culture who has excluded God and His Word. Of course our anxiety mechanism is triggered when we are doing life without God in control.
When I become anxious, I know it’s time to remind myself to place God back in control of my life.
Well, I can’t say it better than the divinely inspired book of Romans:
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has become His counselor?
Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?
For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.Romans 11:33-36
Do you know anyone who has NOT been taught by another human? God possesses more knowledge than all of His created beings combined. He made everything. He made everyone. God sustains everything necessary for our life.
Do you know anyone who can make this claim???
Ah, my friend, you can trust in God’s wisdom, strength, and love. When we are born again, we irrevocably become His children. He offers us far more security than even the best earthly parent. But much like a child who is born into a great family, we must grow in our relationship with Him. This is the ONLY way to learn to trust Him. When we know Him, we learn that He is far greater than ANY of our circumstances! Knowing God well enough to trust Him, completely requires that we constantly humble our heart:
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.I Peter 5:6-7
God is NEVER anxious; and when He is in control of my life; I’m not anxious either.
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Over the past 10-12 years, God has been teaching, guiding me, into Trusting Him, COMPLETELY. It’s not an easy lesson. Recently, I lost someone very dear to me, from COVID. There was only 9 days between when he contracted it to when he died. My heart is broken, & once again, I am reminded to Trust God, because He IS greater than my circumstances, & He is my Healer. I know it won’t happen overnight, but every day I lean into HIS STRENGTH, because I have no strength of my own right now. Thank you, for this reminder.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Praise God for His strength!
This devotional was good for me to read and ponder. I am a news “junkie” and am allowing myself to be bombarded by political and cultural news all the time. This always causes some level of ANXIETY! I am striving to “cast all my cares upon HIM!”
Renewing our mind with the truth is priceless!
I really needed this this reminder. Thank you Kim.
We have no reason to be in fear nor worried. God is in control. We just need to trust him.
Amen have a great day