Today we are reading Habakkuk 3. In this chapter we read about Habakkuk’s prayer and his confidence in God no matter what happens. “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.” Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ We are going through a time where many things are taken from us. We cannot do what we would like to do. We cannot go where we want to go. We cannot see who we want to see. Yet, God is still on the throne! Let us say together with the prophet, “yet, I will rejoice in the Lord, I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength;”. May God lift up your face and look in your eyes and tell you “I’ve got this!”  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Habakkuk 2. In this chapter we read about how God supplies the vision for the prophet but that an idol can do nothing. “”What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it. But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.””
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:18-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ In the days of Habakkuk (600 B.C.) idols were common. People worshiped them and trusted in them to give them help. Today we do not carve or shape objects into idols but we do make idols out of things hoping they will make us happy. Things like our careers, possessions, money, status, hobbies, children and grandchildren—can all occupy too much of our hearts and crowd God out. Then, along comes a virus and all our idols are threatened. But God is not threatened. The One True God is not threatened by anything. He is our rock—the rock of our salvation. May you worship the One True God today with all your heart! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Habakkuk 1. In this chapter we read about Habakkuk’s complaint against the people of Judah. God promises to punish them through the armies of the Chaldeans (Babylonians). “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.” Habakkuk‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬ as you read this description of God’s rebellious people, what similarities are there between their nation and ours? Have you ever looked at a tragic situation and wondered, “Why doesn’t God do something?” That seems to be the position of Habakkuk. He sees people doing horrible things and yet God does not intervene—or does He?? God sends the Chaldeans to punish those who have rejected Him. Is that what we are experiencing now? Pray for our nation to repent and turn from all our sinful ways. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Micah 3. In this final chapter of Micah we read about the agonizing end of Assyria. They were arrogant and cruel people who destroyed their enemies without conscience. “Your shepherds are asleep, O king of Assyria; your nobles slumber. Your people are scattered on the mountains with none to gather them. There is no easing your hurt; your wound is grievous. All who hear the news about you clap their hands over you. For upon whom has not come your unceasing evil?” Nahum‬ ‭3:18-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ God establishes kings and kingdoms to do good. They bear a heavy responsibility to administer justice with compassion. When they do not they bring suffering on themselves and the people they govern. Our entire world is suffering with this virus. We must humble ourselves and ask God what we should do. How have you been praying for our nation and world? What are you hearing from God? May God open the eyes and ears of your heart to see and hear His will. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Nahum 2. In this chapter we read about the destruction of Nineveh. “Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.” Nahum‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Can you imagine what it must feel like to have the Lord Against you? The chariots were some of the most fearsome weapons in the Assyrian army. The young lions are their mighty warriors, filled with the strength of their prime. The point?  When God is against you, you are done. But, when God is with you, you cannot lose. How do you know that God is with you? How does that impact your faith and life? May God show you today that He is with you! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Nahum 1. In this chapter Nahum, whose name means comforter, describes how the Assyrians will be destroyed by their own enemy, Babylon. “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.”
‭‭Nahum‬ ‭1:7-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Israel was being punished by God for their rebellion and worship of false gods. God sent the Assyrians, a very powerful nation, to punish the Israelites. In this chapter, we read about how God is now punishing the Assyrians by the powerful Babylonian armies. What appears to be motivated by greed and violence is in fact used by God for His purpose. When have you experienced God working through painful and difficult times? Did God cause the pain or did He simply use the pain to get your attention? What was the good purpose of God? How does this give you hope in our current circumstances? May God speak words of peace and comfort to your heart today. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Micah 6. In this chapter we read about God’s judgement of the corrupt Israelite leaders. “Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow, making you desolate because of your sins. You shall eat, but not be satisfied, and there shall be hunger within you; you shall put away, but not preserve, and what you preserve I will give to the sword. You shall sow, but not reap; you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.” Micah‬ ‭6:13-15‬ ‭ESV A life without satisfaction—that is what rebellion against God brings. Have you ever achieved something wonderful but when you finally got there it seemed empty or hollow? I have learned that false gods over-promise and under-deliver. Anything that you allow to dominate your life, except the true God, is a false god.  Sports, family, money, success—all can become false gods. How can you prevent something from becoming a false god? How will you know when you have fallen into the trap of false god worship? May God always be your God and the ruler of your heart! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Micah 5. In this chapter we read a prophecy that refers to the coming of Jesus the Messiah.“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah‬ ‭5:2 Think about the circumstances of Micah’s prophecy, the nation is occupied by foreign powers. The people are worshiping false gods. Some people are killed. Others are taken as slaves to a foreign country. Now, in this prophecy, God promises to bring a new messianic king to free them of their enemies and restore peace and prosperity. If God were to send us a messiah, what would you hope he would do? What would deliverance look like for you? How would you respond yo his coming? May God enable you to trust in the One and Only Messiah Jesus! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Micah 4. In this chapter we read about God’s promise to restore the broken and disheartened remnant of His people.“In that day, declares the Lord, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted; and the lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from this time forth and forevermore. And you, O tower of the flock, hill of the daughter of Zion, to you shall it come, the former dominion shall come, kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.” Micah‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭In Israel as you travel through the countryside you can see small towers overlooking pastures. These are from the days when shepherds guarded their flocks night and day from wild animals and thieves. As Micah prophesies he describes the restored people of God as having a safe and secure tower watching over His people. Good government is just that—a source of safety and security established and sustained by God. Let us thank God for the strength of our leaders and the wisdom He has given them to watch over and protect us. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Micah 3. In this chapter we read how the prophet denounced the leaders of Israel. “Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity. Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us.” Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.” Micah‬ ‭3:9-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The leaders of Israel were corrupt heartless. The abused the people that God had given to care for. Now in their time of trouble they are held accountable by God. We need to pray for our leaders with the heavy responsibilities they have right now. May God teach you to love and care for our leaders. Pastor Tim