The Right View

Dear home dwellers,

 

Have you ever gone somewhere expecting something one way and you left really disappointed?  We were looking at a house the other day, as we are pursuing the thought of selling our current home and moving somewhere else nearby.  As we look online, some of the homes look very interesting, so we make a trip out to look at them.  I was especially intrigued with one, as the house was on some acreage so we could enjoy some of God’s creation around the house, Navy (our little Jack Russell) could have some room to run, and it was closer to my work in White Cloud yet close to our Church in Fremont.  Well, once we pulled into the driveway, we realized the pictures on line were taken from a particular view, and did not show the view across the street.  The pictures were from far enough away that they did not show the unfinished house, the dilapidated garage, the high steps to even get into the house, and the list could go on.  Suddenly my hopes were burst, and we left with no further intention of pursuing this house.  I had once again learned that something can be made to look a lot better than it really is.  We see that in so many things in our daily life.  Just look at what a hamburger looks like on a commercial, and then try to go find one that looks like that.  Numbers are constantly crunched or adjusted to make something look attractive to buy or use.  I see graphs all the time with drugs that make them look far more effective than they are and with few side effects.

 

I have found however that any view of God and who He is and what He has done does not disappoint me.  Habakkuk has just been complaining to God about the way things are for His people.  God answers back with all the plans that He has to make things right and below we read Habakkuk’s prayer of response.  Especially look at His final few words near the end  (in bold).

 

Habakkuk 3

 

 1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth . [a]

 2 LORD, I have heard of your fame;
       I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.
       Renew them in our day,
       in our time make them known;
       in wrath remember mercy.

 3 God came from Teman,
       the Holy One from Mount Paran.
       Selah
[b]
       His glory covered the heavens
       and his praise filled the earth.

 4 His splendor was like the sunrise;
       rays flashed from his hand,
       where his power was hidden.

 5 Plague went before him;
       pestilence followed his steps.

 6 He stood, and shook the earth;
       he looked, and made the nations tremble.
       The ancient mountains crumbled
       and the age-old hills collapsed.
       His ways are eternal.

 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
       the dwellings of Midian in anguish.

 8 Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD ?
       Was your wrath against the streams?
       Did you rage against the sea
       when you rode with your horses
       and your victorious chariots?

 9 You uncovered your bow,
       you called for many arrows.
       Selah
       You split the earth with rivers;

 10 the mountains saw you and writhed.
       Torrents of water swept by;
       the deep roared
       and lifted its waves on high.

 11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
       at the glint of your flying arrows,
       at the lightning of your flashing spear.

 12 In wrath you strode through the earth
       and in anger you threshed the nations.

 13 You came out to deliver your people,
       to save your anointed one.
       You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
       you stripped him from head to foot.
       Selah

 14 With his own spear you pierced his head
       when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
       gloating as though about to devour
       the wretched who were in hiding.

 15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
       churning the great waters.

 16 I heard and my heart pounded,
       my lips quivered at the sound;
       decay crept into my bones,
       and my legs trembled.
       Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
       to come on the nation invading us.

 17 Though the fig tree does not bud
       and there are no grapes on the vines,
       though the olive crop fails
       and the fields produce no food,
       though there are no sheep in the pen
       and no cattle in the stalls,

 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
       I will be joyful in God my Savior.

 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
       he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
       he enables me to go on the heights.

       For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.

We see that in the midst of crop failure and total loss of animals, with impending famine, Habakkuk realizes that with God being his, he has no reason to sorrow, but all the reason to rejoice.  No matter what the circumstances are, do we like Habakkuk, praise God, realizing who He is and what He has done?  Or are we still expecting more, and when it doesn’t come, or things happen differently than we expect, do we become disillusioned, bitter, put off?  Oh, how I pray that you and I keep our eyes focused on Him.  We can be honest before Him, and even cry out at times like Habakkuk, but when it comes down to it, think back and review who God is, and what He has done, and what He has promised of that to come!  Review who we really are and what we deserve.  Let’s not think more highly of ourselves than we ought, and let’s especially not think more lowly of God than we ought.

 

Please help me stay focused on Him.  Let me and others know how He keeps revealing Himself to you through His Revelation that He authored, and by His Spirit that indwells us as believers.  Feed on His Word and share your findings with us.  By the way, how are you doing on writing your own “Psalm”? ( www.gracecommunityfremont.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/resolved/ ) 

 

Don’t let circumstances rob your joy!

 

In Christ,

 

Steve

 

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One thought on “The Right View

  1. Steve,

    Disapointments in life seem to come faster than we can dream up the next anticipated satisfaction. The call to focus on Him, and the eternal value of our salvation is well timed great advice. It is amazing how consistently disapointed we are left with earthly things, yet how quick we’re back for more.

    Kent

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