Wrath Can Include Mercy

15. September 2006 Habbakuk 0

Text: Habakkuk 3:1-2 Theme: in awe of his deeds Key verses: A prayer of Habakkuk (v. 1) …I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord… in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. (v. 2) What God said to me: Son, notice the progression. Habakkuk prayed. He saw my deeds in the past. He was awe-struck. He desired they happen again and be shown to others. He humbled himself and sought mercy. Notice also that he did not ask that my wrath be removed or negated. Rather in my wrath leave room for mercy. Or better, my wrath can include and express mercy. On individuals my wrath can be devastating; but on a nation or community it can lead people to turn back to me. I wish that none perish but that all come to repentance and restoration. So, remember the progression. Start with prayer, with waiting, with meditating on me and my deeds. The other steps will quite naturally follow. What I said to God: Almighty Maker of heaven and earth, Omnipotent Father, Prince of Peace, I yield myself before you now. Thank you for reminding me to pray and seek your face first. In order, I will be awed and hungry to see your power and glory again. I will want others to experience it too. Please be merciful to us as sinners!