Daily Feast – January 23

Tough Times Don’t Last

The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
-Habakkuk 3: 19

A man of God Robert H.Schuller authored a book entitled “Tough times never last, but tough people do”. This statement is true when examined in the light of our day-to-day experience in Christ. The presence of Christ in our lives makes all the difference. Without Him life is hopeless (Colossians 1:27). The knowledge of this fact of Christ in us gives us the assurance that our challenges are temporary, and they have expiry dates.

Many times, when people are confronted with a difficult situation, they forget they are not alone and start to question the faithfulness of God. What they should be doing however is to spend such times resisting the problem that the enemy brings.

The book of Habakkuk is the story of a man who asked a series of questions as touching the circumstances of his nation. Seeing so many oppressions, injustice, wickedness and strife in his nation, (Israel) he started questioning the goodness and faithfulness of God. “Does God really care?” If God cares, why does He allow such evil to happen since He is a compassionate God. Man by ignorance always blames God for every evil on earth including men’s inhumanity to men. But as long as we hold God responsible for every evil that happens in the world, we will not fight nor resist those things.

Habakkuk also questioned the justice of God in using wicked nation to judge the wickedness of His own nation. The issue is that men categorize sins, but God does not, sin is altogether repugnant to God. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55: 8). At the end of everything, Habakkuk looked ahead unto God as his strength.

We can all be at the top where there are vacancies for all. All birds can fly in the air except mad ones that will collide with each other. The choice is yours.

1. Let God be the strength of your life, as you hold on to His promises.
2. Rise in your spirit and confront your obstacles and pursue the vision of God for your life.
3. Look ahead to the end of your faith putting the tough times behind you.
4. Let people know that the Lord has anointed you with the oil of joy and so there is no reason for depression, mental anguish or suicide.

Prayer: Father, give me the grace to withstand and win all the battles confronting me in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Further Reading: Nehemiah 8: 10, Psalms 145: 8-9
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Genesis 42:18-43:34; Matthew 13:47-14:12; Psalm 18:16-36; Proverbs 4:7-10


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