The Lord threshes the nation in anger to draw His people
Habakkuk 3:12,13 -
Thou didst march though the land in indignation; Thou didst thresh the nations in anger. Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, For the salvation of thine anointed; Thou woundest the head out of the house of the wicked man, Laying bare the foundation even unto the neck. [[Selah]].
As back as historical records go whenever man needed to cultivate a wasteland he would simple burn all of the land and after it has turned to ash, he would tilt it and such a land would be a very fertile land which would give a great harvest.
We know it is sad when disasters come our way but then God does all things with purpose. In today's message the Lord is telling us in His anger He threshes the nations but even in that anger His does not let His people out of sight. He looks at the goodness of His people as the principal focus of His actions. We may ask why God is so hard hearted that He takes the people through such suffering.
Let us look at history ever time disaster comes more and more people turn to God. It is not God but man who is hard hearted, suborn, rebellious and evil. But our God being a merciful God does not totally crush the people but shakes them and their lives. Today's message says He lays bare the foundation even unto the neck. The KVJ is even harsher and reads:
Habakkuk 3:13 - Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
Right now we all know about a great disaster super storm Sandy hitting the east of USA. What is good about all this is, after this has settled down we will see many hearts turning to God and anointed men and women of God coming out from this disaster. Like Paul says in Romans 5:2-3 we people of faith have access to the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ through our faith, and we should rejoice even during the darkest moments because we know through all things our Lord is going to be glorified and when He is glorified we too will be glorified in Him.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, disasters come our way but even in the greatest storms You hold us and bring calmness into our hearts when our eyes are focused on You alone. Lord, let your people not be shaken like Peter was when he was walking on water and his eyes got diverted from You and unto the stormy sea. Lord, we give glory to You for You are about to do something wonderful and we praise You for You are going to be glorified and we in You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
|The Word of God was given free to us, therefore we should also share it freely with others.
(All rights are with God)