Patience Is More than a Virtue

22. September 2006 Habbakuk 0

Text: Habakkuk 3:16b Theme: Patient resolve based on hope and trust Key verses: Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. (v. 16b) What God said to me: Dwayne, what have I told you? What have I made clear to you will happen? Am I big enough, strong enough, determined enough to bring it to pass? Why was Habakkuk so confident of Babylon’s eventual doom? It is because I revealed to him Babylon’s future in my answer to his complaint. Fortunately he listened to my reply. Fortunately he accepted and believed what I said as gospel truth. I didn’t have to repeat myself over and over. I didn’t even have to restate it in different ways to make him finally stop and try to comprehend it. Habakkuk could wait patiently because he had clearly heard what I promised and planned. That’s all he needed to hear. He had no more questions – just an unnatural and supernatural acceptance that my will is best and my will will happen as I say. What I said to God: Thank you, Lord and Master, for meeting with me today. I long to be more like Mary and less like Martha. I long to live in your presence, quieting myself as a weened child, hanging on your every word. Help me simply believe what you say in your Word. That is the key to prolonged patience in the face of great trial. No more need for questions – just supernatural trust in my beyond-anything-natural God.