Personal Note by Pastor Alan
Have you ever questioned God? You know, questions like "Why did you allow my dad to die from cancer?" "Why am I going through this financial hardship right now?" "Why did this have to happen?" I know I have many times.
After questioning God, I'm flooded with guilt. Do I have enough faith to trust Him? Am I spiritual enough? Usually, my answer is no and that further increases the guilt. Don't get me wrong, God does not measure faith like that, it's just the way I feel from a human perspective. It makes me begin to doubt God and His plans for my life. Yet, Wednesday's daily bible reading from Habakkuk shows us that it is okay to question God.
In the opening verses of the book we read, "How long, LORD, must I call for help and you do not listen or cry out to you about violence and you do not save? Why do you force me to look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?" Here is a prophet of God questioning God about all the injustice and evil occurring in God's land and to God's people.
This is comforting to me as it reveals that God is able to handle the hard questions. He wants to hear our questions and He wants to answer them. Just as He does here, we may not like what we hear, but God is working in our world and lives. It takes faith to trust God when it gets tough.
Habakkuk after getting the answer to his questions ends the book like this, "I heard, and I trembled within; my lips quivered at the sound. Rottenness entered my bones; I trembled where I stood. Now I must quietly wait for the day of distress to come against the people invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though the flocks disappear from the pen and there are no herds in the stalls, yet I will celebrate in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! The LORD my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights"
Onward and Upward!
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Daily Scripture Reading For September 28 through October 2
Monday: Jeremiah 5-7, Psalm 75, 2 Corinthians 10
Tuesday: Jeremiah 8-10, 2 Corinthians 11
Wednesday: Jeremiah 11-13, 2 Corinthians 12
Thursday: Jeremiah 14-16, Psalm 76, 2 Corinthians 13
Friday: Jeremiah 17-20, James 1
September's Memory Verse
"But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name."