God: He knows and He shares what He knows...
Habakkuk 1:5-6 (KJV) “Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs”.
As you read the scripture, and you get into the Old Testament, it is obvious that the person who reported that they had a “word” from God wasn’t received with any type of grace or acceptance. This is magnified with the prophets who often bore the brunt of people’s wrath as they put forth that which the Lord had given them utterance to speak.
Jeremiah is one such prophet who bore things which was downright cruel; Amos was told to take his prophecies to another country after which he cried that he was happy tending cattle; Jonah ran until he ended in the belly of the whale; and this is the treatment granted to the carrier of the word.
God when he sent His people, had to bolster, encourage and fortify them with the grace to go the distance, but through it all He always promises them that He will be with them and for them to discard looking at people’s face when they bring the word.
In this reading we see one such prophet, crying out to God and having a response or to put it another way: Habakkuk was having a two-way dialogue with God and the message which came forth was an expectation of something that was to come to pass. It was the promise of pending overthrow; and the expectation was that it will happen while the prophet was alive and when it came, even the prophet would not believe that something so dire as was predicted could come to pass.
Looking at our lives today, and the fact that the Old Testament was a different time and place, how would we deal with prophecies of the like coming forth; what if prophets were bold enough to carry the word on what had happened on September 11? Would we have believed or classify them as being in error? Do we trust the fact that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and when He is about to do something, for the sake of His name and for His people, He will send a Word?
Do we still trust in the working of God and believe that He can use any method to accomplish what He wishes, after all He is God?
Beloved, if you are in relationship with God and find yourself doubting the fact that God can and will and still does send the warning now, even as He did then I would suggest a deeper search of the relationship. You see, God never changes: He remains the same.
Trivia: He was called “the Preacher” in the Old Testament. Who is he?