If we read the book of Habakkuk, we can see how it relates to what is going on in our world today, and to what God is doing right now, in our day and time, too, in order to bring his adulterous ones back into fellowship with him.
Habakkuk, a prophet of God, was talking with the Lord regarding the violence, injustice, wrongdoing, destruction, strife, and conflict that was going on within his nation and among his people, the people of God. He said that the wicked hem in the righteous so that justice is perverted. And, he questioned God as to why he allowed this to go on, and why he did not save.
So, the Lord answered him. He was going to bring the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, against his own people. “They mock kings and scoff at rulers.” And, that is exactly what the Lord is doing today, in America, and perhaps in other nations of the world, too. In America, though, our own leaders are part of this “Babylon” that is conquering us now.
Habakkuk 3:12-15 NIV
“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.
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
you stripped him from head to foot.
With his own spear you pierced his head
when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
gloating as though about to devour
the wretched who were in hiding.
You trampled the sea with your horses,
churning the great waters.”
Our Lord uses judgment against his own people as his mercy come running to us. For, so much of his church, at least here in America, has gone the way of the world, and they are following after men in their deceitful scheming instead of following Jesus Christ as their only head.
He has been calling to his church in America for a long time to “come out from among her and to be separate,” but for the most part, she is not listening, and so she is continuing in her idolatries and her spiritual adultery and spiritual apathy, too. And, he has been calling to her to repent of her sins and to return to him as her only God, but again, she has not listened.
So, now he is sending an enemy force against her, which is of her own nation and its leadership, and it is of the wealthy and powerful of the world who are the de facto government of the USA, too. Basically, our own leaders are betraying their own people and they are plotting evil against us. Where this is all headed is to a One World Order and a One World Religion and to the persecution of the saints of God who hold to the truth of God’s Word.
But, this is not to destroy the church, but to save her from herself, and to open her eyes to see all the deception and all the lies she has believed, so that she will repent of her sins, and so she will return to her Lord.
Habakkuk 3:16-19 NIV
“I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
and my legs trembled.
Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.”
But we are not to fear what is now upon us and what is most certainly yet to come in the near future. We are not to be afraid of those who can kill the body but who cannot kill the soul. We are to fear God, instead, who can send people to hell.
We are to have our loyalties with God, not with men, and to follow after Jesus Christ and his teachings, rather than to follow after men and their political platforms. For no human is going to be able to save us from what ails our nation and the world. Only God can save us. For, this is a sin issue, not a political issue. And, Jesus has and is the only solution!
This is not a skin color issue, either, but this is a heart issue. For, prejudice is universal. It impacts people of both sexes, all races, religions, ages, and social status, etc. Yes, it is unique to each individual or to each individual group of people, but it is still a heart issue, and one that only God can fix.
So, because we have gotten to this point as the people of the world and of our individual nations where so many people are living in open rebellion against God; against Jesus Christ, in particular so many people who call themselves followers of Jesus, God is having to act in order to save his people. And, this is why we are going through these difficult times.
And eventually things are going to get much worse, and we are going to see the fulfillment of prophecy of Scripture with regard to the last days in America, and so we need to be in the Word, in prayer, seeking God’s face, and asking him for eyes to see what is going on so we aren’t deceived.
But as things continue to get worse, we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and not on our circumstances. And, we need to trust in his absolute sovereignty over all things, believe he is in control, and that what we are going through has purpose. And, we need to rest in him, and praise him even in the storms of life.
We must make the Lord our strength, our hope, and our sanctuary, and we must not put our dependence in people who are bound to fail us, or in institutions of men, or in the things of this world which will pass away. We must make the Lord our trust, and believe he is working all of this out for the good of us who love (obey) him.
So, don’t look to men to save you. Look to God! Put your trust solely in him. If you have been living in spiritual adultery and idolatry, and if you have been a follower of men, while ignoring God, then repent of your sins today. For God has a plan for your life, and it is to give him honor and glory.
God’s will for us is that we say “No!” to ungodliness and fleshly lusts, and that we live self-controlled, upright and godly lives while we wait for his soon return. His will for us is that we die with him to sin that we might live to him and to his righteousness. And, he warns us that, if we, instead, walk in the ways of our flesh, that heaven is not what awaits us. Hell is our destiny.
So, take God and his Word seriously. Realize the times in which we now live, and let the Lord show you the purpose of it all. Let him draw you to him or back to him, and then make him your only Lord and master. Forsake your sins and your idols, and follow Jesus in obedience. For, by this our Lord is pleased (Rom. 6:1-23; Rom. 8:1-17; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Jn. 1:5-9).
Enough for My God
By G. M. Eldridge
In God is the light, the brightest day.
He taught me to walk the narrow way,
Yet still I chose the path that was broad:
O, how could I be enough for my God?
With mercy so sweet, He led me along.
He held my hand, and gave me a song,
Yet still I sinned, a shameful fraud:
O, how could I be enough for my God?
I never had dreamed the day I’d see
the Son of God, who died for me,
Yet here by His side, I stand in awe:
Washed by His blood, enough for my God.
And who could forgive all the sins and the flaws?
O, how could I be enough for my God?
But gently He’ll lead by staff and by rod,
And help me to be enough for my God.
I just want to be Enough for You, God!
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