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Injustice of pain and fear

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It seems like every day there is a different attack from the enemy on your values and maybe even your health. The powers of darkness are real, but in faith, in Jesus name, we can go to battle against them. When David killed Goliath, he didn't tremble in fear at the thought of his attacks. Instead he said, "Who is the uncircumcised Philistine who defies the army of the Lord?"

The fear factor is one of Satan's greatest weapons. He wants to scare you concerning your health. He wants to scare you concerning your finances. What's the stock market going to do and what if we have another run on toilet paper? Now, there's the upcoming election that many people are scared over. Let me tell you, no matter who wins the election, God is still the same God. He's not going to change even if our circumstances change. He was for you before and he will be for you afterward. The Bible says to be strong in the Lord and the strength of HIS might. Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes and plans of the devil.

Habakkuk's heart grieved over conditions in his day. He wanted God to punish the people, but when God proposed a solution, Habakkuk found himself complaining about that, too. Whatever is happening in this world, we know God's ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts".

In anguish, Habakkuk cried out, "O Lord how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Why are you showing me all this (the condition of the world) if you're not going to do anything about it"? (Hab 1:2)

Habakkuk told the "LORD" that he was specifically crying "out unto thee of violence." He said the law is "slacked". In other words, he said the law is not doing its job. He said I see spoiling (stealing) and "violence" everywhere I look. There are people who raise up strife and contention. People are just looking for something to be unhappy about. He said, "And, Lord, you're not doing anything about it!"

How often have you cried to the Lord and said, "Why aren't you doing anything about this?" We all wonder why innocent people seem to suffer, but Jesus implies that pain is part of being human. A person's back may hurt, but it's not God's fault. The injury may be caused by our own negligence and not taking care of our own health. It may have come because you was involved in a wreck that was not your fault. Whatever the cause, God is still the healer. We can still know he will make a way where there seems no way. He send his Word and healed them. He hasn't changed.

How does Habakkuk explain pain and fear away? Habakkuk ended his prayer by concluding: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places" (Hab 3:17-19).

Don't fear what "might" happen. Anchor your hope and faith in God. When it's all said and done, believers know, that the all-powerful Creator will right wrongs, punish evildoers, and bless the righteous. That's his promise. God is able to keep and protect you.

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