God’s Wrath Has Its Benefits

18. September 2006 Habbakuk 0

Text: Habakkuk 3:3-15 Theme: God’s anger against those who mess with his people Key verses: He stood and shook the earth; he looked and made the nations tremble. (v.6a) Were you angry with the rivers, O Lord? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea…? (v.8) In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. (v. 12-13) What God said to me: Dwayne, I know you question my motives at times. You wonder about my actions. You even get frustrated at my apparent lack of action. Notice that Habakkuk not only asked the hard why questions; he stayed long enough in my presence and focused on me to receive an answer to his dilemma. Too many of my children want to run away from me rather than face me with their tough questions and problems. Then when I don’t answer them right away or in the manner they expect and want, they give up and look elsewhere for solace and satisfaction. I am your God. I will not allow anything or anyone to harm you but what passes through me first. Ie, If they want you, they gotta come through me. Yea, I get angry alright. Sometimes I get angry at you and your constant rebellion. But you are still my child and I will defend you and love you and form you into my image. And noone is going to mess up that plan. What I said to God: Wow, Lord, did you ever speak straight to my soul today. Thank you more than words can say for loving me, my family and this world the way you do. I’ll never comprehend the height, depth, width and breadth of your love but I want to! Grant me a fresh perspective of you and a renewed determination to serve you, knowing you are fully determined to be my Father and my God. I love you!