Clip from Scrooged – watch this first. 

Acid Rain.

Drug Addiction.

International Terrorism.

Snipers, storms, and war.

I don’t know about you, but the last few months have been stressful. North Korea. Las Vegas. Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Trump vs. Everybody. The news alone is enough to make you want to checkout.

But then there’s life, on top of the news. Taking care of kids. Taking care of parents. Harvey. Disease. Unemployment.  

It’s times like these we really need to remember that God is with us.

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

– Luke 13:1-5, ESV 

These things were “BREAKING NEWS” when Jesus walked with the disciples. And they sound like they’re right out of today’s headlines. This sort of thing has been going on since creation. The methods may be different, and the fact that we can now hear about disasters and tragedies as soon as they happen, thanks to modern technology.

But the truth of the matter is, stressful times have been with us since that day in the Garden.

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear?

Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?ong?

Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong?

Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.

So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth.

For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

– Habakkuk 1:2-4, ESV

The violence Habakkuk spoke about was both domestic and foreign. Israelite versus Israelite, and invaders from various countries… there was a great deal of violence. And the faithful in Israel cried out to the Lord for relief, thinking that God is not listening, not interested.

God was, however, paying attention. And He had a plan:

Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded.

For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.

For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own.

They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.

Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on.

Their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour.

They all come for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives like sand.

– Habakkuk 1:5-9, ESV

Wait… The Chaldeans? Seriously? That’s like me praying to God and He says, “Don’t worry. I’m sending North Korea to resolve your problems.”

So Habakkuk asked God, “Are you sure?”

And God proceeds to describe His master plan for saving everyone, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. This is where we all must circle back. This is where God meets us in our stress, in our loss, in our sin. And all he asks us to do – and I know it’s difficult – is to trust Him. He’s got this. Don’t worry about it and keep on moving.

Folks, I know this is hard. Believe me, I know it. And each one of us is fighting a battle of some sort. We don’t need to compare scars. We just need to hold each other up, encourage each other, and keep on moving forward.

Want to read a moving prayer? Look at Habakkuk 3. Read it closely. He praises his God even though he has lost everything. Let this be our prayer!

Adios,
Clay

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