Thought for the Week – 5.11.20

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From Fear to Faith

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help and You will not hear? Habakkuk 1:2

Facing a fearful future, the prophet Habakkuk trembles before a God who seems to have forgotten him and his people. Their hometown, Jerusalem, faces fearful capture by the rising might of the Babylonian Empire. Habakkuk’s desperate prayers seem unanswered.

Habakkuk decides to wait expectantly, like a watchman, for what God will say to him. God answers, speaking to his point of need.

The just shall live by faith (2:4)

Habakkuk needs faith and his heart is strangely warmed by God’s words. His fear evaporates in the heat of faith. God has spoken. Nothing can now stand in his way, he can leap over a wall, overcome any obstacle. If God is with him, who can be against him? He knows in his heart that God works all things together for good for those who love him.

In God I have put my trust, I will not be afraid. Psalm 56:4,

Habakkuk’s lament turns into heartfelt praise.

I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation (3:18)

May we hear God’s Word at our point of need.

David James Glencruitten House