Letting Go and Trusting God

December 11, 2012 | Tags: ,

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there is no fruit on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will triumph in Yahweh;
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
Yahweh my Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like those of a deer
and enables me to walk on mountain heights!

Habakkuk 3:17-19

The prophet Habakkuk offers great insight into our walk with God. In his short book, Habakkuk asked deep, honest questions. Then he did something we should all do–He waited and trusted that God would answer him. God did answer, as He promises. “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).  While God’s answer wasn’t what Habakkuk wanted to hear, the prophet received what he really needed–faith and trust in a rock-solid God who would never leave him nor forsake him.

God’s plans in the world will prevail no matter what. He alone is God. He alone is sovereign and powerful. And He is for us. We have to be careful not to evaluate God’s love or justice in the short term. We may not be able to see or understand all that He was doing until we are face-to-face with Him.

We really have only one response to all this–to let go and trust God. Look back at Habakkuk’s final words in his book. “There will be nothing left, but I will triumph in God!” He let go. He knew that what God said He would do, that indeed He would do. But Habakkuk looked toward the future. It was filled with hope and joy. While it was going to look bad in the short term, God had a greater joy ahead for all eternity.

Heavenly Father, praise your Holy Name! You alone are God, and if you are for us, O Lord, who can be against us? We pray and ask for your deliverance in countless areas. You answer our prayers. We have to let go and trust in the way you answer them, O Lord. What if the darkest days of our suffering are really giving way to the greatest victories of our lives in your name? We need you every moment, acknowledging your presence with us at every moment. Thank you that you are always with us. Thank you for your Son Jesus, who knows intimately about a life of suffering and darkness, knowing it was going to reveal the greatest glory and redemption the world had ever seen! We praise you, O Lord. May the name of Jesus be praised. Hallelujah! Amen.

By Courtney Silberman

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