Too often, Christians believe that just because we follow God, that somehow we should be immune to life's challenges. But if you've followed Jesus for any length of time, you know that's not always the case. During the rough seasons of life, it can be easy to turn our back on God, believing that He has turned his back on us. The book of Habakkuk shows us that there is another option for dealing with our struggles, fears and doubts.
Habakkuk saw God unleash His wrath on the world. Confused and upset, he asked God the question we all want to ask: "Why?" Like Habakkuk, one of the best things we can do with our doubt is to present our questions to God and spend time with Him in prayer. In Habakkuk 3, the prophet is finishing a long conversation with God. He reflects on who God is, remembers the past faithfulness of God and ultimately cries out:
"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:18
Remembering who God is, His faithfulness in the past, and His promises for the future gives us confidence to trust God with what's happening right now. Even though we live in a sin-filled world with loss, hardships, doubt, stress and fear, we can choose how we respond. The difference when we face each day with Jesus is that we have the ability to experience joy, peace, love and security even in hard times.
Take time today to read the book of Habakkuk, and then ask yourself: "Is there anything about my response to doubt that needs to change?".
Join us Sunday at 9:30am, as we take a deep dive into the postcard book of Habakkuk.
Note: Good Neighbor Project is scheduled for Sunday, August 21st. This will be our 5th year taking a Sunday morning to blanket our city with the love of Jesus. We will accomplish this by rolling up our sleeves and helping get Beaverton High School ready for the upcoming school year, filling backpacks with school supplies and individually providing our neighbors with a gift bag. The day will conclude at noon with an all-church bbq. Make plans now to join us for this special Sunday of loving our neighbors.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor