Day Twenty-Six: Habakkuk

So obviously this isn’t Deuteronomy. Again I made the decision to move to a smaller book. As we prep for vacation, a trip to Centrifuge with my students and carving out some time to celebrate our 10 years of marriage my days are getting fuller and fuller!

So Habakkuk it is! This book started off a little differently than the other minor prophets I’ve read so far- it started off with Habakkuk’s complaint! Through the book he has 2 complaints for the Lord. When he receives the Lords reply to those complaints he ends up praying and praising God!

Both of his complaints center around the wicked. First, that he is surrounded by those who love evil, love to argue and pervert justice. God responds by telling Habakkuk of the coming conquest by the Babylonians- which prompts the second complaint.

Habakkuk complains about the Babylonian conquest- surely the Lord will not let these evil people wipe out his chosen ones even as sinful as they are! It sounds rather similar to my children- pointing out the flaws of each other to ensure that if they go down, they at least go together. (Golden example: When they colored the cat pink.)

The Lords response to this second complaint is a call to faithfulness. He discouraged the people from trusting in their wealth, friendships or fortifications promising that sorrow will be found in all those places. He assures them that their trust should be in Him alone.

After this Habakkuk begins to pray, and the closing lines of his prayer in Habakkuk 3:17-18;

“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!

Tomorrow is our anniversary and we are planning to be gone most of the day, so I am planning on reading the book of Nahum. Thanks for following along! Feel free to subscribe down below!

In Christ,

Karen

Day Twenty-Four: Numbers

This book is very appropriately named. It has covered the counting of God’s people and the counting of wealth of Israel. It also included how many animals should be used for which sacrifices, what tithes should be paid, and lists of the physical provisions God had made for each tribe.

But one of the biggest things I noticed was Moses’s brother Aaron. He served as Israel’s high priest during their wilderness wandering and after reading this I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit!

Moses was clearly the one speaking directly to God (Numbers 12:8), but Aaron was responsible for the day to day running of the Tabernacle. He supervised setting it up and packing it up when God moves Israel to a new location. He lead the sacrifices, mixing incense, directing the Levites who served in the Tabernacle. And considering the fighting men of Israel numbered over 600,000 he has no small task before him!

And all that aside Aaron stood beside his brother. Every time Israel backslid and brought the wrath of God upon themselves, Moses and Aaron physically stood between the people and God’s wrath, interceding on their behalf.

I’m very impressed by this man of God, and again I don’t think he received the credit he is due at times.

Tomorrow I will continue on into the book of Deuteronomy! I’ll be traveling with our student ministry next week, so I’m trying to hit some of this bigger books this week and save the smaller ones for our trip.

In Christ,

Karen

Day Fourteen: Exodus

Today is the first day that I wanted to give up. It really had nothing to do with the content, and everything to do with me. I am tired and the last thing I wanted to do today was read- a pretty rare occurrence for me. I think reading Genesis and Exodus back to back was a bit much- both are longer books- but I really wanted to see the flow from one book to the next.

It really felt like I was reading the next book in a series- Exodus picked up right where Genesis left off without missing a beat.

If you read yesterday’s blog you know that I had a specific goal in mind- I wanted to see why the people of Israel became so faithless after generations of men with rock solid faith that God would fulfill his promises. What happened to shake that foundation?

As I read, I think I see a large part of the problem. In Genesis Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all men without a place. They wander with their flocks and they literally have to trust God with their daily provision. If they can’t find water or the wells have dried up they must wait for God to provide- and they know he will. It isn’t even a question.

When they move to Egypt at the end of Genesis I think that changed them. The generations that grew up in Egypt grew up in comfort. They had homes provided, food at their fingertips and until slavery happened, a livelihood.

When God rescues them from that slavery they are grateful- until things get uncomfortable. The second they start to get out of their comfort zone, they begin to complain that life was better in Egypt! Israel was ok with living in Egypt and passing on the land that God had set aside for them for generations.

We look at them and scoff thinking, “I can’t believe they did that after seeing everything God did! I would never do that.”

Except we do.

How often do we settle for good things that are easy, instead of God’s best? Corporately as a church and individually? I know I have been guilty of it.

Look around at the church in America- I firmly believe that most are settling for what they can get in today’s culture. But what if we really asked God what he wanted us to do- no holds barred? Anything He commanded we would do. Because that is the faith of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Tomorrow I will be moving back into the New Testament and checking out Titus. See you then!

In Christ,

Karen