May 27, 2012

How Long Oh Lord????

If you never read anything else we discuss, do not miss this one.  Why, because this topic God said "it is not a lie"........literally! Read on:

We all go through the times when we do not understand the reason we are going through difficulties due to someone else's stubbornness or rebellion.  We ask ourselves questions like:  Does God really expect me to help this person when they are simply receiving what they created?  Is it selfish of me to not help where I can so that this individual may see that there is a God that loves him / her when they are bottoming out?  Is it disrespectful to God if I do not "put on joy" as I am having to deal with people that always put their wants before the burdens they are allowing to crash in on my life with disregard to the weight is has on me?

So what do we do with that.  Well I pray that during our next conversations God will really speak up, because this is the road we are headed down as we discuss Love honestly.

In the book of Habakkuk we studied where this man of God was deliberating “How long, Oh Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save.” He goes on to ask about all the imbalance, injustice and oppression taking place and questions why God is just watching it all happen. God did respond to Habakkuk, but Habakkuk waited for the answer trusting that He would. God said listen Habakkuk to my reply and write it down REALLY big so everyone knows the answer, and tell them it isn't a lie - it is GOING to happen, AND it is going to happen at the appropriate time - not early and not late. He then describes the person it is going to happen to. He says "look at the proud person he is not right in himself. He then describes the one he sees suffering by their actions and describes what He sees. "But the righteous person will live because of his faithfulness"

Now he really explains things to Hab as he expounds stating He sees it all. He sees their arrogance,and how their soul is not upright in them.  God keeps giving them the opportunity to make fair decisions since He has allowed them to have the power.  He, obviously, has allowed them to obtain the truth so that they KNOW their actions are unfair......and yet.....they keep on keeping on as if God isn't watching, isn't caring, isn't there.  Not that the next thing God stated through Habakkuk would have been comforting, but at least it did validate these down trodden folks sentiments: God told Hab that it was going to get worse because He knew their callous, selfish, manipulative and uncaring ways. 

What I read next gave me courage, comfort and strength though - God wanted Hab to write it down LARGE for everyone to see.  The reason was this:  So that they would read it and RUN.

Habakkuk 2:3"Then the LORD answered me and said, "Record  the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. "For the vision is yet for the appointed  time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. "

So how can all this help us today?

God made boundary lines for containment in the beginning of creation; He called them good! Which let's us  know that when others disregard proper boundaries they are supposed to be isolated so that damage is contained.  If they do not choose to come away from destruction or want to keep causing weakened structures around and over them, then things will only crashing in on themselves.   For some reason it isn't always obvious to some of us, that if we stay in their midst as these metaphorical walls become real weights and bondage that we too are going to be injured.  It is almost as if we think God is going to reach down and pull us out because it is not His will for us to be crushed? 

When you think about it isn't it ludicrous to rush in to rescue them?  People are SUPPOSED to feel the gravity of their decisions; that is what SIN is designed to do.  If it get unbearable for them maybe they will stop inflicting pain on themselves!!!  We know they are not going to care about the pain crushing in on us as we block it from hitting them.  So stop rescuing them, or they will never learn and God's justice will never be seen by others in the mighty way He has planned.

Let's stop rewriting the scriptures to say things they do not say.  Sometime we are supposed to "See the writing on the wall" and RUN like Forest Gump "in faithfulness"!  And maybe, just maybe when we get out of the way .......THEY will see the writing that our big head was blocking from their view.

What writing in on your wall?
Who are you trying to "suck it up" and "save?
Remember, we aren't here to "save" that is Jesus job.
We are supposed to show them the way out......
So put on your runnin' shoes baby!
.................think about it.

Write about it - I love you all,
Candace

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