Pastor Tim Romero
Habakkuk 3:17–19 (ESV): "17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, 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."
Thinking positive is a Biblical practice. We are told to think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellence, and worthy of praise (Phil 4:8). We can do this in all things because our thoughts rest upon the Maker of the stars, not the circumstances we face.
Habakkuk asked God a series of questions to better understand His character and ways. He is struggling with what he was observing. The people of his nation were fat and happy and yet they had departed true worship for idols. He begins by asking "why God" but ends with a great sense of peace and a heart of praise toward God. When we seek God with all our hearts, not accusing Him but inquiring to gain clarity, we too will come to the same place of peace and praise.
Are you struggling with a question of "why God" today? If so, don't come to Him with accusations but inquisition seeking to better understand Him. He will reveal His nature and character in a way that will turn anyone inside out. You will come to a place of peace and praise regardless of the circumstances you face. Don't focus on what you don't know, focus on what you do know! God is good, He loves us and He is at work in our lives through all things to make us more like Jesus, amen?
Father, thank You for real examples in Your Word of how to deal with our questions relating to Your work in this world. Forgive us for ever doubting You but help us to seek You and receive that perfect peace and heart of praise that extends beyond anything we might be experiencing we pray in Jesus' name, amen.