Habakkuk

How to Trust When God Gives No Explanation

Have you ever wished that God was a little more concerned with His reputation? His ways can leave us confused and questioning His goodness. In today’s short video, Frank reveals how we can trust that God is good, even when things don't look good.


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How to Trust When God Gives No Explanation

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The chairman of my board, John Russin, once said to me, “I wish God was more concerned about His reputation.” Let's think about that for a minute as we look back in Scripture to see the sometimes confusing ways that God works in our lives.

Take Habakkuk for example - God used the more wicked Chaldeans to punish wicked Israel. Or how about the account of the birth of Christ, where we see Herod being allowed to slaughter all those babies? What about in Job, where we find Job questioning God’s actions and how God replies by asking Job if he was there when He hung the stars in the sky, or hung the earth with nothing suspending it? God continues, asking if He sought Job’s wisdom when He had the ostrich lay its eggs on the ground? 

Fascinating thought, isn’t it? I mean, let’s be honest, laying your eggs on the ground is a foolish idea, isn’t it? Eggs laid on the ground can be taken by enemies or destroyed very easily, and yet the ostrich continues to proliferate. I think what God was saying to Job in those verses was, I am in the things that don't even make sense. 

I too, wish sometimes that God was more concerned about His reputation and would offer some explanations! I think these stories were placed in the Scriptures so we would recognize how big He is. He is far beyond our minds! We may be teachers, but we were first students, and we need to remain students or we'll never be teachers of other men. We must allow God to be big and, in the process, allow God to be good. 

“You are good and do good.” Psalm 119:68a (NASB)

All He does is good, beloved, even when it doesn't look good. 

You know, if He's not worried about his reputation, I don't think we should be worried about it either.

He allowed His Son to be crucified for the sin of man. If you think about it, that doesn't make sense either. All it does is magnify His goodness and His love. 

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” 

1 John 3:16a (NIV)

He is good, and He is big, and we're going to spend an eternity learning how good and big He really is. Beloved, I hope this encourages you. 

When dark things come your way, realize that He's bigger than those dark things. 

Trust that He is good and all that He does is good, even when things don't look good. 


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Connecting the Dots: How to Trust God in This Dark World

Are you struggling? Becoming overwhelmed? Connect the dots in your own life of how God has been faithful to you. Connect the dots and let your heart be encouraged, let your faith be strengthened. Let your walk be dramatically empowered as you look at His faithfulness. This is what Habakkuk did. 

Habakkuk looked upon the nation of Israel, and Israel was in trouble. He cried out to God and God said, “I see, and I'm going to wipe them out.” Habakkuk was thinking more along the lines of revival but God said no. He was going to wipe them out and use the wicked Chaldeans to do it. 

Habakkuk continued to ask God questions, but there was silence. He decided to go up into his prayer tower, and he told God that he wouldn’t come down until He answered him. Two weeks went by and God said, “Trust Me.” That's it, that was all Habakkuk got. The just shall live by faith. 

So, he comes down from his prayer tower and he begins connecting the dots: God, you parted the Red Sea, you made the sun stand still, you knocked down the walls of Jericho—Bring on the Chaldeans. Though the fig tree doesn't blossom, though there's not going to be any fruit on the vine, yet I will trust you. 

Father, Your Word is great, because it's the truth about You and all that You want to be to us. May every one of us put our faith in You, may our hearts be encouraged today, our faith strengthened, and our walk transformed, because of who You are. In the midst of this very dark world, we cling to you Father because we know You're going to cling back to us. In Jesus name. Amen.

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The Truth About What Faith Actually Looks Like

Has feeling sad or afraid while facing a difficult time ever caused others to question your faith? Has it ever made you ask yourself if you were really trusting God? In this freeing video, Frank shares the truth about what faith actually looks like.

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The Truth About What Faith Actually Looks Like

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Have you ever been there with God, the place where nothing in life makes sense? Where you just cry out, “This makes no sense!”

Oh, how hard it can be to remember that He is God, and His mind is bigger than ours. He knows what He's doing.

Habakkuk just couldn’t come to grips with that, have you been there? When you just can't come to grips with what God is allowing? So, he gets tenacious, and he goes up in his prayer tower and he tells God, “I'm not coming down until you answer me!” Two weeks go by, and God finally answers. Hallelujah, God answers! Now, are you ready for what God said? He told Habakkuk to trust Him. Wait, that's it? Now he has a whole new problem; he's cried out to God, and God has said, “No.”

I don't like it when God says no, do you? So what does Habakkuk do? He starts recalling to his mind, all that God is, and all that God has done. He remembers how God parted the Red Sea and made the sun stand still for Joshua, and he says, “Bring on the Chaldeans.” He makes the choice to rejoice, a choice we all have.

In chapter 3, he makes this famous statement, “There was trembling on my lips and decay in my bones.” I love that statement because faith isn’t always a huge smile on our faces, faith is trembling, faith is decay, faith is “I'm dying and I don't understand, but I believe you because you are good and all that you do is good. This doesn't look good, but somehow by faith, it's going to be good, and I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”

David says, “Though the fig tree does not blossom and there be no fruit on the vine, my soul is going to cling to you.” And what tense does David use there? He uses the present tense. You see friends, you can cling all you want in the past, it's not going to deliver you in the present. You can say that you will cling in the future, it's not going to deliver you in the present. His name is I AM, and your faith must be present tense to connect to the I AM. Take a look at what David adds, “Your right hand is going to uphold me.” That's what God does beloved, our part is to believe and trust, and God's part is to deliver or sustain.


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