A Faith that leaps

Posted: September 1, 2014 in BBF
I learned a lot from Pastor Tallo. His heart, his preaching and the small conversations we have make ministry life enjoyable. :)

I learned a lot from Pastor Tallo. His heart, his preaching and the small conversations we have make ministry life enjoyable. 🙂

When tragedy strikes, or calamities fall on us, can we still have faith to trust God that He is going to get us through? Theologically, I would say that we should have faith and just allow God to work in us. Relationally, my relationship with God is the basis for having faith because the more I know Him, the more I learn how to trust Him. But really, the question still challenges us to ask the question, what do we do when the hard times hit the righteous? I have encountered heavy losses throughout the month and the sermon struck me. Here’s the main points and my notes on it. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First, we acknowledge the losses.
 
Though the fig tee 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 
(Habbakuk 3:17)
 
The prophet Habbakuk was saying that the permanent crops were failing (figs, grapes, olives). The annual crops were gone too. The livestock (I think they’re gone as well because there is no food) are affected by the famine as well. Habbakuk did not pretend that “all is well” but rather acknowledge the loss. What are we facing right now? We don’t sugarcoat things. Acknowledge the losses. God never exempts us from problems. God allows us to go through tough times.
 
Second, Rejoice in the Lord.
 
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the GOD of my salvation
(Habbakuk 3:18)
 
We have an option to rejoice. We have a choice to choose joy instead of being despondent. Our joy is not based on our circumstances but instead, based on trusting in the Lord, who is sovereign (in control of everything). He is THE Lord. He knows what is happening (Omniscient or All-knowing God). He has the power in His hands (Omnipotent or Almighty God). Take the choice to rejoice in the Lord. He alone can rescue. He alone can save.
Can I really rejoice in the midst of unmet expectations? Yes, we can. Rejoicing in God is a choice…or you can take the road of self-pity.
 
Third, Experience God’s strength.
 
LORD, the Lord, is my strength;
He makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on high places.
(Habbakuk 3:19)
 
God is the one who gives us strength. He is the one who enables us to go higher than our situation. God does not promise us life would be easy, but He promises strength to go through the rigors of life. It is a difficult climb, but God would allow us to reach the heights. Choose to rely on God’s strength when trouble comes. Even if the situation seems unpromising, choose to let God be our strength.
 
God doesn’t always change our circumstances, but He can change us to meet our circumstances.
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