Week 34   Day 4

 

Habakkuk was a prophet

            weighted down

            under a heavy load

            seeing misery all around him

praying to a seemingly silent God

            yet clinging to

            the thin threads

            of faith and hope

 

His plan was intentional:

1)  Stand on the rampart and watch for God 

            he would expect God's presence 

            he would receive correction from God

2)  Practice faith and silence 

            he would live by faith not by sight 

            he would silence his protests to God

3)  Rejoice in the Lord anyway  

            he would praise God despite his circumstances

            and find his joy and strength in God

His concluding faith statement is a classic.

 

 

 

Zephaniah was

            a fourth generation descendent

            of Judah's king Hezekiah

 

His theme was the up-coming "day of the Lord" 

            a time of
                        judgment

                        trouble

                        and distress 

Remember that the course of events can be changed                

            therefore seek
                        justice 

                        righteousness

                        and humility

Beyond the judgment will be a new beginning 
            in the cradle of God's love is 
                        salvation 

                         joy 

                        and singing.

 

 

 

                               LIFE IN THE MIDST OF DESPAIR

Renounce mourning, rediscover praise; shun pride, seek humility.

                        Habakkuk 1, 2 & 3 and Zephaniah l, 2 & 3

 

1The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. 

     2 O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear?

      Even cry out to You, "Violence!" and You will not save.

     12Are you not from everlasting, my God, my Holy One?

1 I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart,

      And watch to see what He will say to me,

      And what I will answer when I am corrected.

4"Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him;

      But the just shall live by his faith.

20The Lord is in His holy temple; all the earth keep silence before Him."

     17Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines;
     
Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food;

      Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,

      And there be no herd in the stalls--

     18Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, the God of my salvation.

     19The Lord God is my strength;

      He will make my feet like deer's feet

      And He will make me walk on the high hills.

 

1The word of the Lord which came to Zephaniah the son of

Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of

Hezekiah.

     14The great day of the Lord is near, and hastens quickly.

      The noise is bitter; the mighty men shall cry out.

     13That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress,

      A day of devastation, desolation, darkness and gloominess,

      A day of clouds and thick darkness,

     16A day of alarm against the fortified cities and high towers.

17"I will bring distress, and they shall walk like blind men,

      Because they have sinned against the Lord;

      Blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse."

18Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them;

      The whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy.

1Gather together, 2before the Lord's anger comes upon you!

     3Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld

      His justice.  Seek righteousness, seek humility.

      It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord's anger.

17The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save;

      He will rejoice over you with gladness,

      He will quiet you with His love, and rejoice over you with singing."
                    This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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