What do you do when uncertainty is in front of you. When you feel like you’re falling apart at the seams? It’s only human to be afraid but Christians have the option to be superhuman. You have to choose to trust God in the dark.
It isn’t hard when life is sailing along, but when your problems pile up to the point where you can’t see where you’re going it can be difficult to hold on to hope.
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Here are some highlights from this message about Trusting God:
Habakkuk is a prophet who’s confused and he has some questions. Habakkuk 1:2 says, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” Anybody ever felt like God is taking too long? One problem that he is facing is that God is taking too long to come through. Even the prophets struggled with the slowness of God. God was not only moving too slow but his movements were very confusing. God responded in verse five “Look among the nations, observe and be astonished, wonder, because I am doing something in your days you would not believe it if it were told to you.” So now there’s a double problem, God is taking too long and Habakkuk couldn’t understand what He was doing, and the little bit I do know it’s not fair. Habakkuk 3:2 says, “Lord, I have heard the report about thee and I fear.” Habakkuk felt God was taking too long, he was confused, it’s not fair and he was afraid. Habakkuk 3:16 says, “I heard and my inward parts tremble at the sound, my lips quivered, decay in my bones and in my place I trembled.” He was a wreck as he knew the future looked dim.
In the last three verses Habakkuk shares, “Though the fig tree should not blossom, though there be no fruit on the vine, though the yield of the olive should fail, though the field produced no food, though the flock should be cut off from the field and there be no cattle in the stall, yet I would exalt in the Lord. I will rejoice in the Lord of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, he has made my feet like the deer’s; he makes me to walk on my high places.”
At 8:43, Tony talks about viewing negative situations in your life:
From the world’s standpoint there are three options given as they look at negative situation in their life.
- Resign yourself that that’s the way it is. That’s the way it’s going to be.
- Detachment…they distract themselves so they don’t have to think about it.
- Bravado…I can take it…I can handle it…I’m not going to let life get me down
Habakkuk in verse 18 says, “I will exalt in the Lord.” He says even though I have questions, even though I have my confusion, even though I don’t see a solution in sight, and even though God does not make sense rather than pretend that nothing is wrong I am going to exalt in the Lord. I am going to trust in the reliability of God even when I can’t see him or what he is doing.
When you trust in the reliability of God you appeal to two things. One is his character (what he is like) and his works (what he has already done for others). His methods vary but His abilities don’t.
At 18:56, Tony concludes his message on Trusting God:
Everyone has the choice as to whether you will choose to believe God. Don’t get a headache over it when you can’t solve it. Don’t stay up all night trying to figure it out. God knows how to tell you what he wants you to know. If he’s not informed you anything you need to go to sleep and stop fussing, cussing and complaining and be silent before the Lord. Let him do what he’s going to do. In your confusion, lack of clarity, emptiness, your despair, you worship. You simply say Lord, all I can do is adore you because I have no explanation for anything that’s going on right now. God calls for an act of faith. God invites you to keep your eyes on him as he did Peter when he invited him to walk on the water. He may not get rid of the storm but you’ll be walking on it, it won’t be walking on you.