Touché March 16, 2018
Posted on March 16, 2018 by under Touché,

 

Yet!

yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:18)

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)

Job’s wife told him that he should “curse God and die!” as she looked at the mess of his life and all the bad that had happened.  We can understand that reaction. Most of us expect and want God to do what we want when we want it.  Habakkuk does not respond that way.  He has raised a fist to heaven and questioned God: Why? How long? And when? Yet at the end of the day he says: “even if the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vine; yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.”

Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, prays intently that God will take this cup from him, yet he says: “not my will, but thy will be done.”  That one word, yet, is a statement of faith that reflects what it means for the righteous to live by faith. No matter what my circumstances I will trust in the goodness and gracious plan of God.  We might expect that people would respond with the caustic cynicism of Job’s wife, but I have seen the faithful affirmation of many who come through tough times in their lives and find a deeper, more fulfilling faith.

This is our last week in Habakkuk.  Betsy Di Somma, who wrote our Lenten study, will share testimony of her story as one who has said yet I will rejoice in God in the midst of difficult circumstances. Robert Schuller always said: “tough times never last, but tough people do.”  Habakkuk would say: tough times never last, yet faithful people do.  At the end of the questions and perplexity of a world that seems to be falling apart is the faithful belief that God is working his purpose out for his glory.

It has been said that the only prayer we need to pray is: “thy will be done.”  But I am glad that Jesus made clear his request before he said yet.  God hears our prayers that reflect our will, but I hope we have the faith to trust God’s will in all things.

Job came to the end of his story without answers to all his questions, but ultimately with a faith that sustained him through the good and the bad.  I can think of nothing that is more important for you in the journey ahead.

In Faith,

Taylor