Habakkuk and Watermelon

Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NLT)

17Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

Wow. Such faith. How many people can wake up everyday and say they have faith like this? I can’t. I mean, there are days when I believe wholeheartedly that this is true. And then there are those other days when things don’t go as planned; when life gives you a seed filled watermelon and says, “deal with it!” You were prepared to make lemonade that day and there are no lemons to be found, just a giant watermelon and you have to dig all the seeds out before you can enjoy a single bite of it.

I must be hungry.

The point is, Habakkuk looked around his world and saw disaster, emptiness, sadness, and fear. But in his vision he saw the glory of God. God reveals to the prophet that He has great plans. God is always turning bad situations into good.

We are so blind to the big picture. We see a poor economy, crappy home values, debt, a messed up health care system, and a country that seems to be moving apart from each other. We are dealing with family and work situations. We are experiencing tragedy. We see death. We see destruction. We see fires with no end on one side of the country, and flooding on the other. We see nations at war. And in all of that we feel powerless. I feel powerless. We wonder where God is in all this. How could he let this happen to us?

God sees the big picture. He, the creator of time and space, sees the infinite timeline from beginning to end because he is the beginning and the end. At any given time God knows what’s happening at every moment of human history. And he’s got it all under control. So while it might not fix your problem, it should at least be comforting to know that he is out there (closer than you think), keeping an eye on things, moving the pieces into place. And when we look back on the span of our lives someday (if we even care to at the point) we will see all the thin threads that connect the events of our lives. And in those threads we will see God’s love, and we will know how much he loves us.

He died so that we could live. It stands to reason that he wouldn’t have made such a huge sacrifice if he didn’t love us, and want a deep and intimate relationship with each and every one of us, despite what is going on in the world around us. It makes it hard to complain about life when you stop and think about that for a minute.

How do you know God loves you?

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