True Test Of Faith

I heard, and I trembled within;
my lips quivered at the sound.
Rottenness entered my bones;
I trembled where I stood.
Now I must quietly wait for the day of distress
to come against the people invading us.
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 the flocks disappear from the pen
and there are no herds in the stalls,
yet I will celebrate in the Lord;
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
The Lord my Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like those of a deer
and enables me to walk on mountain heights!

For the choir director: on stringed instruments.

Habakkuk 3:16-19

Habakkuk’s prayer ends with one of the great statements of faith in the Bible. The history of Israel he knew growing up was one in which God blessed Judah for their obedience. They would have dry seasons through periods of disobedience but the overall experience was that of blessing. The things God showed Habakkuk, though, meant that there were very hard times ahead for his people. In spite of that, Habakkuk proclaimed that he would trust the Lord even if all the blessings of prosperity were removed. We see this theme repeated time and again throughout the Bible in scenes such as Job’s statement that he would trust God even if God killed him and Paul’s statement about learning to be content in whatever situation he finds himself. This is faith at it’s strongest.

Recently, there has been much talk about a famous rapper who is professing faith in Jesus. He made headlines again a couple of weeks ago when he appeared to attribute his $68 million tax return to God’s blessing for becoming a Christian. Since this man’s faith is fairly new, we can have the grace to understand that many of his statements are coming from his current experience. We can also pray that his guides and advisors equip him well to handle the ups and downs of life. The day may well come again when he has another bad year, financially. It is then that he will have the opportunity to show how strong his faith has become.

The true test of faith for any of us is if we will still trust God even when the external signs of prosperity are gone. God calls us to trust Him at all times. We can thank Him for the blessings when things are going well. We also can trust Him to be faithful to us when things are not going well.

  • How is your faith when things are not going well?

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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