Heart-Pounding Anticipation

What creates heart-pounding, lip-quivering, leg-trembling responses in your life? In a media-saturated culture, producers have discovered it takes more and more “special effects” to capture attention. Even over-exposure to the news seems to generate very little physical and emotional engagement.

As Habakkuk hears of God’s plan and the forwarding of His purposes, he is amazed. The events have not yet occurred but Habakkuk has been included in God’s counsel. What does he know? God’s permissive will is allowing all these events to happen. HE has a plan for His people and a plan for those who are not His people. Judah will be judged. God will allow their enemies to invade their property and leave it in disarray. The Babylonians are on assignment from heaven. Yet they are accountable. Decisions have consequences and God has established an unchangeable law, “Whatever a man (woman, family, city, nation, world) sows, that they shall also reap.” You can’t plan evil and reap good. You can’t plant righteousness and reap wickedness.

In the closing sentences of his prayer, notice what the prophet testifies – “I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.”

As 2014 draws to a close, what “amazes” you? Has the Holy Spirit, through the Scriptures, taught you clearly during this past year? What new insights into God’s will for your own life do you now possess? Perhaps some of the world events or even the life events you have experienced have left you aghast. Do you process life prayerfully? As the events of each day unfold and some create within us a heart-pounding, lip-quivering, leg-trembling response, God invites us to do just that–to take our burdens to the Lord and leave them there. Joseph Scriven states it well – “What a privilege to carry EVERYTHING to GOD in prayer!” May 2015 find us more faithful in the spiritual discipline of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. “Lord, teach us to pray!”

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