Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Joshua 23,24; Psalm 76; John 8
David Legge's sermon
and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
His splendor covered the heavens,
and the earth was full of his praise.
4 His brightness was like the light;
rays flashed from his hand;
and there he veiled his power.
5 Before him went pestilence,
and plague followed at his heels.
6 He stood and measured the earth;
he looked and shook the nations;
then the eternal mountains were scattered;
the everlasting hills sank low.
His were the everlasting ways.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;
the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?
Was your anger against the rivers,
or your indignation against the sea,
when you rode on your horses,
on your chariot of salvation?
9 You stripped the sheath from your bow,
calling for many arrows. Selah
You split the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw you and writhed;
the raging waters swept on;
the deep gave forth its voice;
it lifted its hands on high.
11 The sun and moon stood still in their place
at the light of your arrows as they sped,
at the flash of your glittering spear.
12 You marched through the earth in fury;
you threshed the nations in anger.
13 You went out for the salvation of your people,
for the salvation of your anointed.
You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,
laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
14 You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors,
who came like a whirlwind to scatter me,
rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
the surging of mighty waters.
my lips quiver at the sound;
rottenness enters into my bones;
my legs tremble beneath me.
Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble
to come upon people who invade us.
Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer's;
he makes me tread on my high places.
The prophet beseeches God for his people. (1,2) He calls to mind former deliverances. (3-15) His firm trust in the Divine mercy. (16-19)
Obviously, that's not the complete commentary :D...but the succinct summary of what the chapter contains speaks volumes even on it's own.
It's really the same summary for most of the books, isn't it? We ask God for mercy, we remind him of his promises, we stand firm in the faith. At least, that's how it should be. It's doesn't always work that way.
There is a wife who is bitter. She is struggling in her faith, and unsure of who she is in Christ. She battles anger, bitterness, and confusion about who God is daily. There are a lot of complaints. It's easy to forget his past deliverance when one is so entrenched in the bitterness.
The tides have been turning for awhile, and it seems that the darkest of times is past. The future is brighter. But a hiccup trips the husband and wife in a common way, money. A whole week to payday and no money in sight. The husband stands fast and reminds the wife of God's past provision, but she really doesn't care to see it. She sees only the same thing in front of them. "When will God deliver us?", she thinks.
Naturally, he already has. Before the bitter words escape her lips completely, his provision arrives in the form of two small, yet wholly unexpected forms.
The point is: Complaint. Beseeching. Reminders. Steadfast faith. We can complain as much as we choose really. We can harrumph and be sorry about our poor state of affairs, of which some seem so trivial in the light of the endless suffering of this world. But, don't forget the faith. DO NOT FORGET. Steadfast faith. Remind God of his promises if you wish, it for ourselves that we do it. He has not, nor will he ever, forget.