TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, March 11, 2019:
Having no hope; beyond optimism; desperate, irreversible, beyond help.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior my God.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
If you feel hopeless, helpless, or powerless and unable to deal with people or problems and on the verge of exhaustion, you will relate to the prophet Habakkuk’s concerns.
Habakkuk was deeply troubled by the evil he observed all around him. He could not understand why God allowed the wicked to go unpunished. Habakkuk asked God, “Why do you tolerate wrong? Habakkuk 1:3.
God answered Habakkuk telling him to “watch!” “He was going to be utterly amazed.” Habakkuk 1:4. God is always in control even in the most hopeless of situations. He is at work even when we see no hope. God does not overlook sin. The wicked may prevail for a time but eventually they will be judged. When Habakkuk cried out in despair to the Lord, God answered with words of hope. God was going to use the Babylonians to punish the wicked in Israel.
Habakkuk felt that the coming destruction was going to be unbearable. But despite the hopelessness of the situation he wrote an amazing response in chapter 3:18-19.
“I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hind’s feet and makes me walk on my high places.” He also said in verse 17 that even if the crops all failed, the livestock died, and everything he had learned to depend on was ruined, Habakkuk would still trust the Lord.
Habakkuk had found such hope in God’s Word because he read the law daily. He was facing a terrible calamity but he found hope in God’s Word. His expression of faith echoed the faith of David echoed centuries before him as written in Psalms 18:2-3. David said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.”
Habakkuk spent hours with God, according to what he wrote in his book, and even though he did not understand what was happening with the Children of Israel, he acknowledged that God’s plans were better than his.
Habakkuk knew that the Lord was at work and would bring good out of what looked like to be horrendous circumstances. This is God’s promise not only to Habakkuk but to us today. God is always at work in our lives and will bring good out of the darkest of situations for those that trust Him.
When the outlook looks grim in your life, Christ will be your strength. When the circumstances seem volatile in your life, Christ will be your stability. When the future looks impossible to you, Christ will remain your only hope. The strength of Christ is both inexhaustible and immeasurable and it is yours to receive.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 22:9.
He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.
Thank You dear Lord, that Your supply of spiritual stamina for me never runs out. I come to You and Your Word today for strength to carry on. Thank You for supplying the power I need to walk through the valleys I may face and over the mountains that come my way.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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