In a form of a dialogue between God and the Prophet Habakkuk, the prophet shows faith and contentment in difficult times. Life is filled with uncertainties; “when I am weak He is strong” is a guideline to follow by faith when the pantry is empty, when the car is short of gas and no money to buy it; when sickness dictates our estate of mind and depression masters our entire being. “When I am weak, He is strong” is when I surrender my worries and control of it to God; it is when His strength takes over my weakness in the midst of whatever is taking my strength. Free from worries, I can fell His strength through peace. When we learn to let go of control of circumstances it is as God gives us wings like those of eagles. These wings will lift us close to Him and faith will have the victory in our life, for we have lived according to the Word of God: the just shall live by faith (Hab. 2: 4; Heb. 10:38). The writer of the letter to the Hebrews goes on to say, do not therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward, for you have need of steadfast patience and endurance so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God and thus receive and carry away what is promised (Heb. 10:35-36).
Worry erases our faith and confidence in our God. His will, will not be performed in our life as long as we are burdened with worries. It is by courage and steadfastness that we will be rewarded in the end of our trial. Assuring faith and a strong belief in God’s promises are two perquisites for victory. Faith is a shield; it protects against all the flammable darts of the devil, worry being one of them. The apostle John in his first epistle said, Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that YAHSHUA is the Son of God? (5:5) Faith comes from God and it is that which will overcome any circumstance, not worries. Worry lodges itself in the stomach and causes a number of problems: from heartburn to indigestion to nervousness. What, where and how are words that lead to questions with worries attached to it causing sleepless nights. Rest exists only on faith and trust in God to provide and deliver us from whatever is causing us worries. Israel’s worries as a result of finding giants in the Promised Land displeased God greatly. With exception of Caleb and Joshua, those who came back complaining about the sizes of the people found there, causing worries and fears on the rest of the people were severely punished. And all those who murmured against the Lord, doubting His promise were left on the desert without making to the Promised Land; their offspring became wanderers and shepherds in the wilderness for forty years; they suffered for their father’ infidelity to God
(Num. 13). Their reports constituted failure against God’s promise. They also tried to turn around from that point on, because worries and fears took over them. They murmured against God and Moses saying, Why does the Lord bring us to this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and little ones will be a prey. Is it not better for us to return to Egypt? The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against Me. Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in My hearing I will do to you (vs.26-28). So it happened that for forty years, Israel’s children became wanders in the desert, without an alternative to take them out of their situation. Worrying brings us to a spiritual desert we do not want to be in for its fierce animals as lions and poisonous snakes. In the spiritual realm they are demons. The spiritual deserts are home for temptations and availability for demons to torment through worries, fears and anxieties.
How long does one remain in the desert of worry? It all depends on the individual and the choice he makes. By continuing on holding unto it will keep one prisoner of it. It does not pay for us to live a life of worrying, especially when we let it control all the decisions we make. First of all, we discredit God’s Word, His love, His faithfulness and ultimately, we blasphemy His name and all the attributes that His name denotes. And whatever worries lead us to believe, that will take place in our life, since we have spoken the evil we believed and not God’s faithfulness. Just like it happened to Israel, it will happen to us. We must be careful not to let worry be the master and controller of our mind. Where worry is, there is no faith, no peace, no closeness to God, only a world of physical and mental sicknesses. Worry comes from the enemy of our soul. He, who came to steal, to destroy and to kill men. Because worry is a normal feeling in many ways, it is hard for us to know when we are allowing it control our emotions to the point of doubting God’s promises, especially when we do not feed on the Word of God. Ignorance is the father of failure.
Of the entire patriarch, Abraham stands taller when it comes to faith. When asked to sacrifice his son, Abraham did not ask questions, neither argued with God. He had no fear of the outcome because he believed in God’s promise to prosper his posterity and make a nation out of his son. When we proclaim that all is well before they are, we are putting worry down and exalting God’s faithfulness. Faith then will have the victory. Words we speak have power to move God to do the impossible; but worries and anxieties are powerless to move Him to do anything in our favor. If He is my Shepherd, then I am a sheep of His fold. In my everyday life I feel His love as a Provider for all my needs. When I am hungry and tired He leads me to rich pastures and beautiful and clean waters, where He satisfies my physical needs; in my daily walk with Him, He sanctifies me for the glory and representation of His glorious name. Even in my darkest valley that will lead me to death; no fear is ever present for My Shepherd is always with me. At the end of my pilgrimage on earth, He prepares for me a table with all the riches of His goodness, love and mercy and blesses me for all my enemies to see. His anointing covers me with the Oil of His presence until I am completely satisfied. In His presence forever, I am one with Him- He in me, and I in Him.
No more worries, only peace and completeness in His promises. Until then our life should be one of singing always. Singing has a way to scare worries, fears and anxiety away. (Only) those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (where worries have no chance) (Psalm 91:1).
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