Habakkuk’s Hope—Day 4

By on Apr 26, 2018 in Habbakuk's Hope | 0 comments

Habakkuk’s Hope—Day 4 Habakkuk 3: 17, 18 “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord.”  Many theologians have considered the conclusion of Habakkuk to be seen as a demonstration of the great affirmations of faith. This is the type of faith we believers must take hold of so that we too, like Habakkuk, may be able to live hopeful in the midst of desolate and stressful times. Habakkuk realizes that God’s judgement must come upon the faithful remnant of Judah, and even the prophet will suffer from the loss of all those things that sustain life. However, Habakkuk is convinced he will live again! He will rejoice again! And, he will climb to the highest...

Habakkuk’s Hope—Day 3

By on Apr 25, 2018 in Habbakuk's Hope | 0 comments

Habakkuk’s Hope—Day 3 Habakkuk 3: 17, 18 “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord.” As a young man, growing up and being fascinated with the faith of believers, I would often listen to them speak of God’s goodness in spite of hardship. As I have matured in my faith, I have come to understand and appreciate God’s goodness in spite of—In spite of the challenges I face, God is still good and his grace is sufficient. This is what the prophet Habakkuk placed his confidence in—God’s goodness and his all-sufficient grace. Habakkuk has heard the voice of God, he has seen the vision of God, and in spite of everything he will have to go through,...

Habakkuk’s Hope—Day 2

By on Apr 24, 2018 in Habbakuk's Hope | 0 comments

Habakkuk’s Hope—Day 2 Habakkuk 3: 17, 18 “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord.” Our devotional passage this week could very easily be considered a hypothetical possibility. However, the truth is, these things did transpire. It was not famine or drought that caused such desolation, but the effect of war. So often we can treat life as if misfortune is not possible for us. The truth is, anything can happen in our life that disrupts the very structures of our family and social orders of life. Perhaps some of us would fare well under such structural damage to our lives, but are we certain that we would handle such difficulties well? Question: When our...

Habakkuk’s Hope

By on Apr 24, 2018 in Habbakuk's Hope | 0 comments

Habakkuk’s Hope Habakkuk 3: 17, 18 “Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord.” As we prepare to meditate on a well known passage this week, let us remember this thought: Everything in this world order may pass away; however, God’s grace continues on. Just think about that for a moment. In spite of the chaos, loss and shortage of resources, God’s grace is still sufficient and He remains ever worthy to be praised. Habakkuk understands that in order for things to get better, there will be some suffering the people would have to go through and he would have to suffer along with them. Often we attempt to avoid trouble, espeically trouble that...

Clay In The Master’s Hands—Day 5

By on Apr 20, 2018 in Clay In The Master's Hands | 0 comments

Clay In The Master’s Hands—Day 5 Jeremiah 18: 1-4 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, Arise go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.” As we conclude this week’s devotional, the one thing that captures my attention is, “God can do with people what a potter does with clay.” Having five children, I have seen my share of clay in their little hands. From dishes to superheroes, and most recently, Yana made me a cake using clay. Yana asked, “Do you like this cake I made for you?” I asked, “What kind is it?” she replied, “What kind do...