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August 27th, 2015

God’s Timing is Perfect

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay ‘Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.’” Habakkuk 2:3-4 (ESV)

Have there been times in your life where you wanted something to happen and you couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t? God, why won’t you give me this job? God, why won’t you give me a husband or a wife? God, why don’t we have children? God, how long will my son or daughter run from You before they realize how pointless life is without You? God, how long will it take for my friends to get the gospel and come to a trusting faith in You?

We have all been there at some point in our life, asking why God’s timing isn’t our timing, and the prophet, Habakkuk, is no exception. The Lord spoke over Habakkuk a promise that His people would see defeat at the hands of the Chaldeans, otherwise known as the Babylonians. Habakkuk couldn’t believe it. Why would God allow this to happen? Why would he allow His own people to suffer? How long would He allow evil to have victory?

The Lord’s answer to Habakkuk regarding his questions is also our answer today. While we may not understand the timing of God, it is certainly no accident. In Habakkuk’s case, God had something He needed to teach His people to insure His plan. Habakkuk’s complaint of evil being victorious was simply nearsighted; God had a much bigger plan. God would vindicate His people and His name but in His timing once His purposes had been fulfilled. In the mean time, the Lord commanded Habakkuk, as a righteous man, to live by faith and trust in the goodness of God.

Whatever question you may have, trust in the goodness of God. The answer to your prayer might not be in the timing you would have preferred, but remember when it does come, its timing is God’s timing and His timing is always perfect.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Habakkuk, Sovereignty, Time.
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August 27th, 2012

God’s Timing is Perfect.

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end–it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay ‘Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.’” Habakkuk 2:3-4 (ESV)

Have there been times in your life where you wanted something to happen and you couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t? God, why won’t you give me this job? God, why won’t you give me a husband or a wife? God, why don’t we have children? God, how long will my son or daughter run from You before they realize how pointless life is without You? God, how long will it take for my friends to get the gospel and come to a trusting faith in You?

We have all been there at some point in our life, asking why God’s timing isn’t our timing, and the prophet, Habakkuk, is no exception. The Lord spoke over Habakkuk a promise that His people would see defeat at the hands of the Chaldeans, otherwise known as the Babylonians. Habakkuk couldn’t believe it. Why would God allow this to happen? Why would he allow His own people to suffer? How long would He allow evil to have victory?

The Lord’s answer to Habakkuk regarding his questions is also our answer today. While we may not understand the timing of God, it is certainly no accident. In Habakkuk’s case, God had something He needed to teach His people to insure His plan. Habakkuk’s complaint of evil being victorious was simply nearsighted; God had a much bigger plan. God would vindicate His people and His name but in His timing once His purposes had been fulfilled. In the mean time, the Lord commanded Habakkuk, as a righteous man, to live by faith and trust in the goodness of God.

Whatever question you may have, trust in the goodness of God. The answer to your prayer might not be in the timing you would have preferred, but remember when it does come, its timing is God’s timing and His timing is always perfect.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 232:  Habakkuk)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Habakkuk, Sovereignty, Time.
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August 31st, 2009

Family Spats: Resolving Conflict

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.” 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

Families that resolve conflict together stay together.

If the devil came to you for counsel on how to destroy families, what would your advice entail? Perhaps you would recommend the weapon of mass destruction, unforgiveness. Unforgiveness poisons harmony and erodes trust. Unforgiveness perpetuates suspicion and fertilizes bitterness.

As a result of living in a fallen world among fallen people, conflict is inevitable. In other words, motion causes friction. It is not a matter of “if” conflict will happen, but a matter of “when” conflict will occur. Conflict is a natural part of life on a broken planet. Conflict is the normal confetti of living in a fallen world.

Every relationship at some point will hit the wall of conflict. As my pastor, Dr. David Fleming says, “Every wall of conflict has a door which leads to conflict resolution, meaningful conversation, and intimacy.” Unfortunately, we often react to the wall of conflict by withdrawing or attacking. Instead of patiently pursuing the door of conflict resolution, we take a short cut and forfeit the potential on the other side of the wall of conflict.

What if we were willing to risk the pursuit? What if we were willing to allow God to navigate us through the process of locating the door positioned at every wall of conflict? What if we decided to resolve conflict together as a family? Could it be that revival would come to the home through the doorway of conflict resolution?

Forgiveness unlocks the door!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
(This devotional was originally posted in ’07 or ’08. I’m taking a break from writing for a season of personal renewal.)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Busyness, Family, Margins, Time.
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August 30th, 2009

Family Spats: Pride

“You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.” Isaiah 14:13-15 (NIV)

Every conflict has pride at its root.

Before God created man in His own image, God had to resolve conflict that erupted in heaven. Pride infused Lucifer (Satan, the devil), the angel of God. In pride, Lucifer sought to lead a rebellion against God and thought he could dethrone God. However, God is holy and does not tolerate sin. Thus, God “de-heavened” Lucifer. Jesus spoke of this fall and John recorded the fall of Satan in Revelation 12:9.

  • “He replied, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’” Luke 10:18 (NIV)
  • “The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” Rev 12:9 (NIV)

Pride causes us to think of ourselves before thinking of others. Pride causes us to embrace selfishness and self-centeredness. In pride, we forfeit God’s agenda and become absorbed in our own personal agenda. Pride is evidenced by our pursuit of gratifying our sinful nature (Gal. 5:16).

If pride seeps into your home, your family will experience major conflict. Pride corrupts and erodes relationships. Satan is the mascot of pride. He does not want your family to operate in peace, unity, and trust.

Examine the weeds inside your home. Don’t try to cut the weeds off at ground level by dealing with the symptoms of pride. Get to the root of the conflict within your home. As you trace the origin of conflict, you will find the root of pride.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
(This devotional was originally posted in ’07 or ’08. I’m taking a break from writing for a season of personal renewal.)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at 1:00 am
Category Devil, Family, Pride, Sanctification, Sin, Time.
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