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God Is 'Able to' ... But What If He Chooses 'Not to'
Series: Lessons Learned
Habakkuk 3, Daniel 3
Grab your Bible, and turn to Habakkuk 3 and Daniel 3.
Lord, I pray you would grant us insight into your Divine plan, courage to complete the assignment before us and perseverance in the face of adversity.
It was a Tuesday in 1987 when a doctor informed me that I did not have the flu, rather I had a baby on the way, who would arrive in February. It was Friday of that same week a doctor informed me my mom had cancer of a progressive nature and was expected to live maybe 6 months … which would be February. She was 40.
I struggle to find the words to describe how I felt as I watched my mom lose her battle with a wretched disease, while at the same time experiencing the miracle of life growing inside me. My mom had a relationship with the Lord that I didn’t understand. She talked to Him like He was right there. She had overcome tremendous difficulties and hardships in life, and I guess that’s what made those two so close.
The Lord called her home five weeks after our son, Jarrad, her first grandchild, was born. I found myself inconsolable, stricken with grief. And, to be honest, mad as I could be at the Lord. He was the only One who could have prevented this … but He didn’t!
What do you do when the Lord chooses not to act when you’ve begged Him?
I didn’t know it then and I certainly wish somebody would have said something, but here are a few things I’ve learned to do since then:
• You do life the way the Lord lays it out in front of you.
• You do your best every day to accept what God withholds from your life. And if you really want to stick it to the enemy, you praise the Lord and thank Him for the work He is doing in you as you graciously accept what he withholds.
• You do believe that these defining moments are leading to a Divine Destiny! “For you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done, saith the Lord.” Ezekiel 14:23
• You do whatever it takes to hide yourself in the shadow of the Almighty! You take refuge and you take courage!
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” - Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)
Prayer makes a difference even when you do not see a difference.
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