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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NO SEPARATION

“Fig trees may no longer bloom, or vineyards produce grapes; olive trees may be fruitless, and harvest time a failure; sheep pens may be empty, and cattle stalls vacant— but I will still celebrate because the Lord God saves me.” Habakkuk 3:17-18
            To an agricultural economy it would be devastating news to have your crops dry up and fail.  Poverty and hunger would not be something people would want to go through.  The prophet Habakkuk uses these horrific examples to say that even if the worst things imaginable were to happen to him he would still rejoice because God is a God who saves us.  The Lord either causes or allows all things for His purposes. Having said that there is always the chance that His will may include some difficult situation as a test of our faith and trust in Him. 
            With all the difficulties the Lord allowed to befall Job by the hand of Satan still Job was able to say in Job 13:15, “God may kill me, but still I will trust him … .”  There is nothing that God cannot and will not do for us, so when calamity falls down upon us we are to see past it to our glorious Savior. 
            In his letter to the Roman believers the Apostle Paul said the following: “Can anything separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, suffering, and hard times, or hunger and nakedness, or danger and death? ... Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!” (Romans 8:35, 39)  As Paul as stated in answer to his own question, the answer is unequivocally and definitively NO.  Nothing can separate us from God.  We can walk away, but He still remains.  Choose to trust God without question.  Until Christ returns, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource:  The Reformation Study Bible.