From Handbook to Scripture, Day 201
READING: HABAKKUK 3
When Habakkuk saw the growing wickedness in his countrymen as they shamelessly disobeyed the laws of God and openly distorted justice on every level, he wondered how God could allow this to go on without bring Judah to judgment. God’s answer to his question was that He was raising up the Babylonians as His rod of judgment on Judah, but this answer only increased Habakkuk’s confusion. The Babylonians were even more violent and depraved than the people of Judah—how could God allow this? God’s second answer helped him better understand the goodness, perfection, wisdom, and power of Yahweh. With a clearer grasp of the Person of the Lord, he had a greater capacity to trust the purposes of the Lord. Thus, Habakkuk could conclude his book with confidence rather than complaint, and with praise rather than perplexity.
Prayer: Lord, I want to live by faith and by hope in You, especially in times when the circumstances surrounding me make me question whether You are in control and know what You are doing.
Meditation passage: verses 17–19
From Simple Prayers, Day 201
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
Lord, You have invited me to pray for the needs of others, and since You desire what is best for them, I take this opportunity to bring these requests to You.
All things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: namely, that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were appealing through us, as we implore others on Christ’s behalf to be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18–20)
Take a moment to lift up the needs of your family and friends, and to offer up any other burdens for others that the Lord brings to mind.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. (John 3:35)
Jesus told Nathanael, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:51)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
Whoever receives a little child in Your name receives You, and whoever receives You receives Him who sent You. For he who is least among us all is the one who is great. (Luke 9:48)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)
The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil that is set among the parts of the body, that corrupts the whole body, and sets the whole course of our life on fire and is set on fire by hell. (James 3:5–6)
Lord, I thank You that You have given all things into Your Son’s hand and that He has become the ladder to heaven. I thank You that I have received Christ, and I ask that You would guard me from pride and boasting.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 201
PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LOVE
He who pursues righteousness and love
finds life, righteousness, and honor.
The goal of our instruction is love,
which comes from a pure heart
and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
(1 Timothy 1:5)
Lord, grant that I would grow to desire Your presence, righteousness, and love more than all earthly blessings and benefits. Knowing that I am beloved of You, may I love others by putting their needs above my own. Through the indwelling power of your Holy Spirit, I ask for a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. Amen.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.