Nov. 3, 2022

A Reminder From Habakkuk

A Reminder From Habakkuk

In this difficult ministry, we need reminders of why we do what we do. In this episode, we share some insights from the book of Habakkuk that we believe will be an encouragement to you.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:03.240 It's not always on our timetable to see justice right, our part is to 2 00:00:03.480 --> 00:00:07.200 wait for it, to wait for God's justice and to obey God in the 3 00:00:07.240 --> 00:00:11.240 season that we're in right, to obey the Lord and as it pertains to 4 00:00:11.279 --> 00:00:15.880 reaching out at these abortion centers and being a voice for the voiceless, easier 5 00:00:15.919 --> 00:00:19.600 said than done. But whether we see results or not, whether we're mocked 6 00:00:19.719 --> 00:00:23.440 or not, um, we still have to be faithful in what the Lord 7 00:00:23.440 --> 00:00:29.120 has called us to. I am yours, I'm yours, I'm yours, 8 00:00:29.480 --> 00:00:35.520 and me Lord, I am yours, I'm yours. I'm Welcome to the 9 00:00:35.560 --> 00:00:40.960 Gospel Center Pro Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, encourage, and 10 00:00:41.079 --> 00:00:45.079 challenge you in pro life ministry and always with a focus on the gospel. 11 00:00:45.280 --> 00:00:59.920 Stay tuned. I felt your passih touch your heart. Welcome back to the 12 00:01:00.039 --> 00:01:03.599 Gospel Centered Pro Life Podcast. Appreciate you guys joining us. This is Daniel 13 00:01:03.640 --> 00:01:08.159 Parks. I serve as the West Coast regional Shepherd for Love Life and I'm 14 00:01:08.239 --> 00:01:15.319 joined as always with Vicky cass York, who is our sidewalk out Reach training 15 00:01:15.480 --> 00:01:19.840 director and awesome title. I think I got the title right either way. 16 00:01:19.959 --> 00:01:23.959 You guys know us If you've listened to this podcast for any amount of time, 17 00:01:23.560 --> 00:01:26.239 you know that we've been doing sidewalk out reach for a good uh a 18 00:01:26.280 --> 00:01:30.040 good many years, probably combined the thing you say, twenty five years. 19 00:01:32.000 --> 00:01:36.599 Yeah, so a quarter of a decade, a quarter of a century. 20 00:01:36.640 --> 00:01:42.280 That sounds that sounds old. It doesn't make us Yeah, well, um, 21 00:01:42.439 --> 00:01:47.359 sometimes I feel older than I But by God's grace, we do what 22 00:01:47.400 --> 00:01:49.280 we do trying to pour into you guys and encourage you guys that are doing 23 00:01:49.319 --> 00:01:55.640 sidewalk out reach, keep the fire in your heart fueled, keep you encouraged, 24 00:01:55.920 --> 00:02:00.519 keep you informed. And you know, we're kind of always learning new 25 00:02:00.560 --> 00:02:04.159 stuff and we're always trying to apply what we're learning to sidewalk out reach and 26 00:02:04.200 --> 00:02:07.959 also to training others. And so we hope that this episode will be a 27 00:02:07.959 --> 00:02:10.400 blessing to you as always will leave you guys our email addresses. Will give 28 00:02:10.400 --> 00:02:13.800 you, guys our email addresses at the end of this episode, so you 29 00:02:13.800 --> 00:02:16.240 can reach out to us if you have questions about this episode or other episodes, 30 00:02:16.840 --> 00:02:21.280 And we also want to encourage you guys to leave us a review on 31 00:02:21.319 --> 00:02:27.479 this podcast. Leave us on Apple podcasts or Google podcasts or Spotify or however 32 00:02:27.520 --> 00:02:30.759 you listen to this, if there's some feature to be able to leave us 33 00:02:30.800 --> 00:02:34.240 a review. We'd love to have some more reviews, some more five star 34 00:02:34.280 --> 00:02:36.919 reviews. Spent a few that have come in over the past couple of weeks 35 00:02:36.919 --> 00:02:40.039 that have been encouraging um Our pro abortion friends don't like what we do and 36 00:02:40.080 --> 00:02:44.719 so they've left us a lot of one star reviews and so we want to 37 00:02:44.719 --> 00:02:46.719 try to come back that. So if you guys can help us with that, 38 00:02:46.719 --> 00:02:50.039 that would be a blessing. Also, share this podcast episode with others 39 00:02:50.120 --> 00:02:53.919 on social media. We would love to get this out to others to help 40 00:02:53.080 --> 00:02:59.719 encourage them. And so let's jump into our episode. Our title is why 41 00:02:59.840 --> 00:03:06.039 we do what we do? Subtitle A reminder from Habakic. So we're gonna 42 00:03:06.080 --> 00:03:10.719 be talking from the Book of Habakic, my favorite books. Okay, well 43 00:03:12.080 --> 00:03:15.639 it's uh one of the most h I guess I won't say neglected, but 44 00:03:16.199 --> 00:03:20.120 some folks don't even know. Maybe people even listening right now are like, 45 00:03:20.199 --> 00:03:23.680 what, what's what's a Hebakic? Um, it's actually a book of the 46 00:03:23.719 --> 00:03:28.240 Bible. It's in the Old Testament. It's one of Habakic was one of 47 00:03:28.879 --> 00:03:31.240 um what some people refer to as the minor prophets. In my eyes, 48 00:03:31.439 --> 00:03:36.520 though, when I see God's side, there is no minor prophets. They're 49 00:03:36.560 --> 00:03:39.360 just profits from God. Minor in terms of short and it is short. 50 00:03:39.759 --> 00:03:43.520 Three chapters, I think in the whole book. Yeah, quick read. 51 00:03:43.800 --> 00:03:47.240 Yeah, so let's jump into a vicky. What are we going to learn 52 00:03:47.439 --> 00:03:53.439 from Habakic that we can apply to subwalk ministry. Well, it's interesting. 53 00:03:53.520 --> 00:03:57.840 Yesterday I was training several volunteers and they asked me, well, what verses 54 00:03:57.879 --> 00:04:01.520 would you recommend we memorize to you in sidewalk outreach? And I told them, 55 00:04:01.560 --> 00:04:03.960 you know, I have my favorites, and I told them what those 56 00:04:03.960 --> 00:04:08.879 were. But I said, every time you open the Bible, I promise 57 00:04:08.919 --> 00:04:13.960 you, if you're looking for what is going to guide you in speaking to 58 00:04:14.000 --> 00:04:16.800 the moms, God will give you versus they will pop out. This was 59 00:04:16.839 --> 00:04:20.360 a whole book that popped out to me. I was doing a Bible study 60 00:04:20.399 --> 00:04:27.160 this morning and reading Habecic and did the whole thing in the in this Bible 61 00:04:27.240 --> 00:04:30.920 study, and I thought, this is like just telling us, um, 62 00:04:30.920 --> 00:04:36.480 it's speaking directly in my mind to side what counselors and and so we're looking 63 00:04:36.480 --> 00:04:41.680 at it from from that perspective of how it can be looking at this book 64 00:04:42.000 --> 00:04:46.480 can first of all identify some of the struggles that we're going through as sidewalk 65 00:04:46.519 --> 00:04:54.199 counselors and really as anyone walking with God through life. But also how can 66 00:04:54.279 --> 00:05:00.920 we avoid discouragement, disillusionment, anger, mistrust of God. I think it's 67 00:05:00.959 --> 00:05:05.879 all those questions are answered in this little book. So starting off, maybe 68 00:05:05.959 --> 00:05:11.959 Daniel, if you wouldn't mind reading um Habackic three seventeen to nineteen, because 69 00:05:12.000 --> 00:05:17.800 this is a fairly famous passage from Habakic, and it's clearly a victorious all 70 00:05:17.879 --> 00:05:23.000 Right, though the fig tree should not blossom, and there'll be no fruit 71 00:05:23.040 --> 00:05:26.800 in the vines, though the field of the olives shall fail and the fields 72 00:05:26.879 --> 00:05:30.079 produce no food. Though the flock should be cut off from the fold, 73 00:05:30.399 --> 00:05:34.279 and there'll be new cattle in the stalls. Yet I'll exult in the Lord. 74 00:05:34.480 --> 00:05:39.360 I'll rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my 75 00:05:39.480 --> 00:05:43.439 strength. He has made my feet hind's feet and makes me walk on my 76 00:05:43.560 --> 00:05:46.240 high places back at three seventeen through nineteen. Right, So that's how the 77 00:05:46.240 --> 00:05:50.560 book ends is with this victorious verse of it and and we're going to go 78 00:05:50.639 --> 00:05:55.160 deeper into that verse. Yeah, so I'll sum it up, give my 79 00:05:55.360 --> 00:05:59.279 quick commentary on these verses. Basically, Um, though things don't go my 80 00:05:59.360 --> 00:06:04.560 way, I'm going to glorify Jesus. I'm gonna honor the Lord and uh, 81 00:06:04.800 --> 00:06:09.160 because the Lord is on my side exactly exactly. So that's kind of 82 00:06:09.199 --> 00:06:13.600 a good summary of that, very victorious. But look at how the Book 83 00:06:13.800 --> 00:06:18.800 of Habacic begins in Habackic one verse two. Okay, how long, o 84 00:06:19.000 --> 00:06:23.439 Lord? Will I call for help and you will not hear I crowd to 85 00:06:23.480 --> 00:06:28.120 you violence? Yet you do not saveback one too? I mean, how 86 00:06:28.160 --> 00:06:32.720 perfect is that for first sidebab counselors, Because I know I am not alone 87 00:06:33.000 --> 00:06:39.000 in standing there in front of intense opposition, hatred, anger, mocking people, 88 00:06:39.000 --> 00:06:45.480 throwing things at us, um, you know whatever, the other things, 89 00:06:45.519 --> 00:06:50.839 and I'm looking at them thinking, Lord, here's me proclaiming your word, 90 00:06:51.519 --> 00:06:57.800 living my life as as righteously as I can before you. And this 91 00:06:57.879 --> 00:07:00.360 is your ministry, this is your mission and to safety some born babies. 92 00:07:00.920 --> 00:07:06.639 Where are you? Why are you allowing this violence, this bloodshed? I 93 00:07:06.639 --> 00:07:13.639 mean, that's what happened. Habakuk is calling out with with really a lot 94 00:07:13.680 --> 00:07:19.399 of doubt. Long do I stand here and receive no help from you? 95 00:07:19.600 --> 00:07:24.360 He's saying, from you, Oh God? Yeah, And you see the 96 00:07:24.439 --> 00:07:28.399 same thing, and some of David's psalms, right, how long, Lord? 97 00:07:28.399 --> 00:07:31.519 How long with the wicked prosper um? And so I think one of 98 00:07:31.519 --> 00:07:34.680 the points here is, of course he's God, he's the Lord. He 99 00:07:34.720 --> 00:07:40.639 deserves our worship, our praise or adoration. He does not deserve our accusations 100 00:07:40.680 --> 00:07:45.680 and things like that. But he already sees what's in our hearts. Anyway, 101 00:07:46.079 --> 00:07:47.959 the best thing that we can do is be honest with the Lord. 102 00:07:48.480 --> 00:07:51.360 Now, David does the same thing in the psalms as he's talking, like 103 00:07:51.439 --> 00:07:56.720 where are you Lord? The wicked pursue me? And he almost always ends 104 00:07:56.839 --> 00:08:00.319 just like a back it does. Ultimately, you're the Lord, You're God. 105 00:08:00.920 --> 00:08:03.680 Now I am nothing in your sight? All right, I don't deserve 106 00:08:03.759 --> 00:08:07.000 you aiding me and helping me. So he's putting things in perspective, but 107 00:08:07.040 --> 00:08:11.199 he's still honest, David, and Hebackick and the other prophets that Jeremiah the 108 00:08:11.240 --> 00:08:16.600 same way. They're still honest with what they're feeling, still honestly, And 109 00:08:16.920 --> 00:08:18.920 I think, and this is one of the things that I encourage folks with. 110 00:08:20.000 --> 00:08:22.240 You've heard me say this oftentimes when we've been out on the sidewalk. 111 00:08:22.519 --> 00:08:28.199 An important thing that I like to do after that ministry on the sidewalk is 112 00:08:28.360 --> 00:08:33.600 um to debrief. Just kind of bring it all before the Lord, get 113 00:08:33.639 --> 00:08:35.399 all those feelings and stuff out there, because I think it helps us to 114 00:08:35.440 --> 00:08:39.879 decompress. It helps us to just let things, you know, let things 115 00:08:39.879 --> 00:08:41.799 go and put those things in the hands of the Lord. So I think 116 00:08:43.080 --> 00:08:46.120 that's help fun. I think that's what Habakick is doing in the situation. 117 00:08:46.200 --> 00:08:48.840 Yeah, he's being very honest. But one of the things that he cries 118 00:08:48.879 --> 00:08:56.000 out, and you will not hear that he feels unheard because he feels, 119 00:08:56.480 --> 00:09:01.639 rightfully, that is what he desires is good. He wants to bring about 120 00:09:01.679 --> 00:09:05.240 good, and he feels that he's not heard. And I think one of 121 00:09:05.279 --> 00:09:09.919 the first thing that God reassures him with is that he does here. God 122 00:09:11.120 --> 00:09:16.320 does here, and and so in um habak At one five, he says, 123 00:09:16.480 --> 00:09:20.440 look among the nations, this is God. Now. In in response, 124 00:09:20.000 --> 00:09:26.600 um, look among the nations, observe, be astonished, be astonished, 125 00:09:26.919 --> 00:09:33.120 wonder because I am doing something in your days. You would not believe 126 00:09:33.159 --> 00:09:37.120 it if if you were told so, I think um in that as as 127 00:09:37.159 --> 00:09:41.840 I was reading that passage, I was thinking, God does here, He 128 00:09:43.039 --> 00:09:46.960 does understand, and he gives us those verbs. I always look for the 129 00:09:48.080 --> 00:09:50.759 verbs when God is speaking what are the things that we are told to do? 130 00:09:52.159 --> 00:09:56.080 Because I like having marching orders. I want to know what God expects 131 00:09:56.080 --> 00:10:00.320 of me in these situations. And he says observe or to a serve. 132 00:10:00.799 --> 00:10:05.519 So first of all, I think we're to be vigilant in looking for God 133 00:10:05.639 --> 00:10:09.879 is working and and and open our eyes to what that might be. It 134 00:10:09.960 --> 00:10:13.000 might not be what we expect, but He is working. So we're to 135 00:10:13.039 --> 00:10:18.120 observe. We're to be amazed. We're to be amazed by what God is 136 00:10:18.120 --> 00:10:20.120 going to accomplish. I thought, you know, how often am I thinking, 137 00:10:20.919 --> 00:10:26.240 go ahead, Lord, amazed me. But that's the attitude. We're 138 00:10:26.240 --> 00:10:30.000 to have, be amazed at what He's going to accomplish, and and expect 139 00:10:30.120 --> 00:10:33.080 miracles. We're not going to believe them if we were even told expect miracles. 140 00:10:33.120 --> 00:10:37.360 But then, um, it's usually not what we expect. The way 141 00:10:37.399 --> 00:10:43.320 God operates. That has certainly been my experience and and I thought, you 142 00:10:43.320 --> 00:10:46.360 know, maybe if you want to read those those next few verses in Habacic, 143 00:10:46.519 --> 00:10:50.559 because Hebacic continues then to kind of question God in um in chapter one 144 00:10:50.679 --> 00:10:56.399 versus, and I broke. I didn't have us go through every verse, 145 00:10:56.519 --> 00:11:00.120 but the ones that were kind of the most pertinent, and in verse is 146 00:11:00.159 --> 00:11:03.720 six eleven and thirteen, we're the ones. Okay, yeah, So for 147 00:11:03.799 --> 00:11:09.480 behold, I'm raising up the Chaldeans that fierce and impetus. How do you 148 00:11:09.519 --> 00:11:16.320 say that impetuous? Impetuous? Those are people who just are They are just 149 00:11:16.480 --> 00:11:22.279 flying forward, doing whatever they want without thought, Reckless, impetuous people who 150 00:11:22.320 --> 00:11:28.279 march throughout the earth to seize dwelling places which are not theirs. And they 151 00:11:28.279 --> 00:11:31.840 will sweep through like the wind and pass on, but they will be held 152 00:11:31.879 --> 00:11:37.720 guilty, they who strength is their God. Your eyes are too pure to 153 00:11:37.759 --> 00:11:41.600 approve evil, and you cannot look on wickedness with favor. Why do you 154 00:11:41.639 --> 00:11:46.960 look with favor on those who deal credulously? Why are you silent when the 155 00:11:46.960 --> 00:11:52.240 wicked swallow up those more righteous than they? So that was a back at 156 00:11:52.279 --> 00:11:58.320 one six eleven and right, right, So I think if I were to 157 00:11:58.399 --> 00:12:03.200 summarize that his cry is, why are you using the wicked people and why 158 00:12:03.279 --> 00:12:11.799 are they prevailing? Um? And you know that that's a kind of a 159 00:12:11.840 --> 00:12:18.679 strong rebuke to God what he's doing. But what I noticed in that as 160 00:12:18.799 --> 00:12:24.519 as Abekak is crying out to God is is that God does not reprimand him 161 00:12:24.679 --> 00:12:30.159 or smite him dead or um. But he also doesn't really provide an immediate 162 00:12:30.200 --> 00:12:35.159 answer. But he lets Rebecca have those doubts. And I think for me 163 00:12:35.360 --> 00:12:39.919 that was freeing as I was reading that and thinking about that that, Um, 164 00:12:39.039 --> 00:12:43.039 sometimes we do have doubts. Sometimes we are out there when there have 165 00:12:43.200 --> 00:12:48.440 been no saved babies, when we fought that for their lives and and we're 166 00:12:48.440 --> 00:12:52.679 still not seeing fruit. I think it's natural to have doubts. And and 167 00:12:54.639 --> 00:13:00.399 I don't know for me, those verses helped to helped me to not the 168 00:13:00.519 --> 00:13:05.159 verses, but the fact that God didn't didn't say, habaca man up, 169 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:11.279 stop complaining. Yeah, Yeah, I mean I think there is you know, 170 00:13:11.600 --> 00:13:18.360 there's this kind of um difference, I would say in grumbling and complaining. 171 00:13:18.440 --> 00:13:20.159 And again, what we talked about when we started off, just being 172 00:13:20.200 --> 00:13:24.679 honest, being honest with our feelings, being honest with what we see. 173 00:13:24.799 --> 00:13:26.360 I mean if we think about, of course, we do think about what 174 00:13:26.399 --> 00:13:30.720 we see on a regular basis, what we're dealing with on a regular basis. 175 00:13:30.720 --> 00:13:35.120 And were talking about the Caldeans and how violent and and impetuous they were. 176 00:13:35.720 --> 00:13:39.840 Uh, we see that every day at the abortion clinics. We see 177 00:13:39.879 --> 00:13:41.320 that, of course, with the abortion workers, with the abortionists, with 178 00:13:41.320 --> 00:13:45.919 the moms and dad's going in and kill their children. It's tough to watch. 179 00:13:46.360 --> 00:13:48.120 And sometimes again we scratch our heads and wonder, like, God, 180 00:13:48.240 --> 00:13:52.960 why why did we not see justice like we know that we should, right, 181 00:13:54.080 --> 00:13:56.960 Why why are these people allowed? Why are why are these places allowed 182 00:13:58.000 --> 00:14:01.639 to remain open? God? Would are you doing? Why are aren't you 183 00:14:01.639 --> 00:14:03.159 shutting him down? Because we know that he could? Yeah, And I 184 00:14:03.279 --> 00:14:07.159 think we come away just like with a backic and anyone else who's walking with 185 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:11.720 the Lord and in a fallen world with wicked things going on, and we 186 00:14:11.799 --> 00:14:15.720 come away with like, we really don't know why God allows this stuff. 187 00:14:16.440 --> 00:14:18.679 Um, but we know that he's good, right, we have his word. 188 00:14:20.320 --> 00:14:22.320 Um, we know his character and his nature, the fact that he 189 00:14:22.399 --> 00:14:28.080 rescued and saved us, and um, so we just always have to come 190 00:14:28.080 --> 00:14:31.559 back to his goodness. He's a good God in spite of what we see 191 00:14:31.759 --> 00:14:35.480 right right, which he does get to eventually in like like you in introduced 192 00:14:35.559 --> 00:14:41.679 this whole topic, just like David did. But um, but you know, 193 00:14:41.799 --> 00:14:45.519 kind of what I want is an immediate answer, and eventually God does 194 00:14:45.559 --> 00:14:48.679 give an answer, and even in that short book he does. He does 195 00:14:48.759 --> 00:14:52.120 give an answer of a of a future retribution. What is going to happen 196 00:14:52.159 --> 00:14:56.480 down the road. And that's in Habackic too, And I think there are 197 00:14:56.480 --> 00:15:01.519 some really important things that we can pull out of his response there. So 198 00:15:01.600 --> 00:15:05.879 do you want to read that one? It's Tobacic two versus two to four 199 00:15:05.960 --> 00:15:09.440 and then eight. Yeah. So behold asked for the proud one. His 200 00:15:09.559 --> 00:15:13.480 soul is not right within him, but the righteous will live by his faith. 201 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:18.519 Then the Lord answered me and said, record the vision and inscribe it 202 00:15:18.519 --> 00:15:22.120 on the tablets, that that the one who reads it may run. For 203 00:15:22.159 --> 00:15:26.000 the vision is yet for the appointed time. It hastens towards the goal, 204 00:15:26.080 --> 00:15:31.080 and will not fail, though it terries, wait for it, for it 205 00:15:31.120 --> 00:15:35.320 will certainly come and will not delay. Because you have looted many nations, 206 00:15:35.559 --> 00:15:39.399 all the remainder of this people's will loot you because of human bloodshed and violence 207 00:15:39.440 --> 00:15:43.759 done in the land to the town and all its inhabitants. Haback it too 208 00:15:45.919 --> 00:15:50.120 two through four in verse eight. Yeah. So one of the first things 209 00:15:50.120 --> 00:15:56.480 that popped out to me is is that God made a distinction between there's the 210 00:15:56.519 --> 00:16:00.960 wicked his soul is not right within him, and then the righteous. But 211 00:16:00.960 --> 00:16:04.519 but the righteous will live by his faith. And I think he did that 212 00:16:06.240 --> 00:16:10.399 for sometimes we can get confused out there. Are we wrong? Are we 213 00:16:10.559 --> 00:16:14.039 doing something wrong? Are we not being blessed by God? And I think 214 00:16:14.080 --> 00:16:18.360 God is telling Herbaca, It's okay, you know, yes, I am 215 00:16:18.440 --> 00:16:22.000 using the wicked. He is even using the wicked for his good purposes. 216 00:16:22.759 --> 00:16:26.159 But um, but he wants Herbacic and all of us to be clear. 217 00:16:26.639 --> 00:16:32.279 If we're in the Lord, we are the righteous ones and there will just 218 00:16:32.440 --> 00:16:37.480 then he says, um. Well, the action verbs again, first record, 219 00:16:37.960 --> 00:16:44.799 record the vision. And to me that was thinking from again the sidewalk, 220 00:16:45.559 --> 00:16:52.279 the call to the church too. Don't be silent speak it uh, 221 00:16:52.600 --> 00:16:56.080 take action. Uh talk about the fact that there are a million babies every 222 00:16:56.120 --> 00:17:03.720 year being slaughtered by abortion and um and make sure others see that in the 223 00:17:03.799 --> 00:17:08.680 record, it should be on record that Christians have stood up and spoken against 224 00:17:08.799 --> 00:17:15.759 this terrible thing. So that was one thing, and then um, and 225 00:17:15.799 --> 00:17:22.559 then his advice or uh, I guess his encouragement though it carries though the 226 00:17:22.599 --> 00:17:29.079 retribution though the the when justice will come, but it might not be immediate, 227 00:17:29.119 --> 00:17:33.160 though it carries wait for it, for it will certainly come. And 228 00:17:33.240 --> 00:17:37.960 again to me, thinking about being there on the sidewalk, you think, 229 00:17:38.039 --> 00:17:42.119 when is all this going to end? And he's telling us, I think 230 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:49.160 the violence they're specifically talking about human bloodshed and violence, and it will end, 231 00:17:49.200 --> 00:17:55.920 he says, um, And there will those who have perpetrated that will 232 00:17:56.039 --> 00:18:00.599 be called to account. Yeah. I mean that's the surety of God's justice. 233 00:18:00.759 --> 00:18:03.720 Right. Ultimately, God will right all the wrongs, and it's not 234 00:18:03.759 --> 00:18:10.240 going to be in our timing, right. Um, a day is as 235 00:18:10.279 --> 00:18:12.000 a thousand years, and a thousand years as a day to the Lord. 236 00:18:12.039 --> 00:18:18.319 The Lord doesn't move on our timetable, and so his word is true. 237 00:18:18.599 --> 00:18:22.000 His word will come to pass that the heavens and the earth pass away. 238 00:18:22.119 --> 00:18:26.680 His word remains um. But again, it's not always on our timetable to 239 00:18:26.680 --> 00:18:30.240 see justice right. Our part is to wait for it to wait for God's 240 00:18:30.279 --> 00:18:36.039 justice and to obey God in the season that we're in right to obey the 241 00:18:36.079 --> 00:18:38.400 Lord, and as it pertains to reaching out of these abortion centers and being 242 00:18:38.400 --> 00:18:42.720 a voice for the voiceless. Easier said than done. But whether we see 243 00:18:42.759 --> 00:18:48.440 results or not, whether we're mocked or not, um, we still have 244 00:18:48.519 --> 00:18:51.079 to be faithful in what the Lord has called us to. Just like back, 245 00:18:51.119 --> 00:18:53.279 it can me imagine being a back. Imagine me and Jeremiah the prophet, 246 00:18:53.359 --> 00:18:59.079 or is Heyah the prophet having to prophesy and and tell about God's judgment 247 00:18:59.799 --> 00:19:03.599 and the need for repentance in the midst of a wicked generation of wicked people 248 00:19:03.640 --> 00:19:08.759 that were worshiping idols and sacrificing their children to idols. It's like unto what 249 00:19:08.839 --> 00:19:12.839 we're involved in now, right, and these men they had to be faithful, 250 00:19:12.839 --> 00:19:18.480 and so we're called to be faithful. Where it says the the just, 251 00:19:18.799 --> 00:19:23.119 the righteous will live by faith, we are called to do what we 252 00:19:23.240 --> 00:19:27.599 do not based on feelings and emotions, and again easier said than done, 253 00:19:29.160 --> 00:19:32.960 but in faith, believing again that God is good, He's called us to 254 00:19:33.039 --> 00:19:38.519 this, and that our faith in Him ultimately reflects on his faithfulness. We 255 00:19:38.599 --> 00:19:42.279 have faith in him because we believe that he's faithful and he's going to right 256 00:19:42.359 --> 00:19:45.960 the wrongs. Yeah. And another thing in that passage is that talks about 257 00:19:45.960 --> 00:19:52.759 an appointed time, and we often don't like waiting for whatever that appointed time. 258 00:19:52.799 --> 00:19:56.440 But we don't know the time. We don't know why he chooses what 259 00:19:56.519 --> 00:20:00.279 time frame he chooses. But he said is that there will be a time 260 00:20:00.799 --> 00:20:06.960 when judgment will come, and and wait for it and be faithful in the 261 00:20:06.960 --> 00:20:08.599 inner room. But um, and then the outlines I don't know if we 262 00:20:08.640 --> 00:20:11.359 want to read that. The next passage is kind of a long one, 263 00:20:11.359 --> 00:20:15.799 but um, he does outline God outlines what's in store for the wicked, 264 00:20:17.240 --> 00:20:22.559 and and it's it's terrible. I mean it's terrible, but great, great, 265 00:20:22.759 --> 00:20:26.680 great calamity, you know, in summary, disgrace, nakedness, violence, 266 00:20:26.839 --> 00:20:30.799 devastation. But then also in the passage, and this is also Tobecic 267 00:20:30.880 --> 00:20:37.279 too, between versus twelve and twenty, talks about that at that time, 268 00:20:37.359 --> 00:20:41.640 as all his judgment is coming upon um, the wicked, all the earth 269 00:20:41.680 --> 00:20:45.480 will be filled with the knowledge and glory of the Lord, it says, 270 00:20:45.920 --> 00:20:48.720 So I was thinking of that. The use of the word all. I 271 00:20:48.759 --> 00:20:53.519 assume that means the wicked and the just they will all know at that there 272 00:20:53.519 --> 00:20:57.839 will be a time when all will not only know God but be filled. 273 00:20:57.960 --> 00:21:03.680 The whole earth will be filled with His glory, and UM the wicked with 274 00:21:04.039 --> 00:21:08.359 you know the consequence they can no longer deny. They're going to have those 275 00:21:08.519 --> 00:21:14.519 terrible consequences of their actions, and the righteous are going to see what they 276 00:21:14.559 --> 00:21:19.839 have longed for UM all along because it was aligned with what God wants wants 277 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:26.400 So um uh for me? What what really was the overwhelming I called it 278 00:21:26.440 --> 00:21:32.079 in the article that accompanies us, the nugget of truth that sustains me. 279 00:21:32.880 --> 00:21:37.799 UM was in that um the I think it was first nineteen and Hebecic two. 280 00:21:38.400 --> 00:21:44.200 But the Lord is in his Holy temple, Let all the earth be 281 00:21:44.359 --> 00:21:48.759 silent before him, and that I just really just meditated on that phrase. 282 00:21:48.920 --> 00:21:53.640 But the Lord is in his Holy Temple, and if we can trust this, 283 00:21:53.880 --> 00:22:00.640 no, this live that reality, He's there, He's sitting on the 284 00:22:00.640 --> 00:22:07.359 temple. He is he is Lord, he is in control, he is 285 00:22:07.480 --> 00:22:12.759 on the throne. I think it helps us to trust he's got it, 286 00:22:14.319 --> 00:22:18.319 He's got it, and we can rest in that knowledge. Yeah, I 287 00:22:18.359 --> 00:22:22.039 mean, I think that is ultimately where our minds need to rest, in 288 00:22:22.079 --> 00:22:26.400 our hearts need to rest, is that Jesus is still on his throne. 289 00:22:26.640 --> 00:22:29.279 He's still the King of kings and Lord of lords, in spite of what 290 00:22:29.319 --> 00:22:33.039 we see and what we experience, in spite of the discouragements, in spite 291 00:22:33.039 --> 00:22:37.279 of even the victories. Right, all of all of this is under Jesus 292 00:22:37.400 --> 00:22:40.160 feet. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. And if 293 00:22:40.200 --> 00:22:44.079 we belong to him, then we've got no need to worry. Yeah, 294 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:48.160 right, yeah. So he comes to his conclusion at the end one of 295 00:22:48.200 --> 00:22:52.799 my favorite again passages which we read at the beginning, but in as a 296 00:22:52.880 --> 00:22:57.440 part of that and and this is then the final chapter Habekic three. Um 297 00:22:59.200 --> 00:23:03.599 uh, He's says, oh, Lord, revive, revived your work in 298 00:23:03.640 --> 00:23:06.920 the midst of the years, in the midst, in the midst of the 299 00:23:07.000 --> 00:23:12.680 years, make it known in wrath remember mercy again. That one really popped 300 00:23:12.680 --> 00:23:19.920 out at me because as a sidebar counselor watching the devastation that the opposition is 301 00:23:21.319 --> 00:23:26.359 causing, that the wicked are causing to those innocent lives, we're filled with 302 00:23:26.559 --> 00:23:33.960 wrath. And God talks about his wrath in the prior passages, but in 303 00:23:33.160 --> 00:23:37.720 wrath, remember mercy. And I think that was a shifting point for Harbackic. 304 00:23:38.160 --> 00:23:45.799 He was not consumed anymore like his initial questions with judgment and wrath against 305 00:23:45.799 --> 00:23:51.440 the wicked. There's that one sentence that says, don't forget God's mercy. 306 00:23:51.880 --> 00:23:56.880 Um. I think as sidebar counselors, and what I've seen with UM so 307 00:23:56.920 --> 00:24:06.319 many of the trials and struggles is sometimes a preoccupation with the opposition, how 308 00:24:06.400 --> 00:24:11.119 evil they are, how wicked they are, and what happens is as we 309 00:24:11.200 --> 00:24:15.200 talk about that more, I notice more pictures being taken of them, more 310 00:24:15.359 --> 00:24:22.759 stories about them. I just think it brings everyone down to where Habakic started 311 00:24:22.279 --> 00:24:30.039 in this chapter as opposed to UM, just what is our mission? Keep 312 00:24:30.039 --> 00:24:37.960 our eyes on the Lord, obey the Lord, um the don't pray for 313 00:24:37.039 --> 00:24:42.400 the wrath of God on that the opposition, because you know they, Um, 314 00:24:42.559 --> 00:24:48.880 they're lost and it's awful, what's going to happen to them? Have 315 00:24:49.039 --> 00:24:53.640 mercy as God had mercy on us, and keep our focus back on Goddess, 316 00:24:53.720 --> 00:24:59.119 on the throne and UM and no matter what. And then he gets 317 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:03.400 into that beautiful passage we read at the beginning. No matter what, all 318 00:25:03.440 --> 00:25:08.960 those things fail, the fruit, every sustenance of an agrarian society, all 319 00:25:10.000 --> 00:25:15.440 of that will fail. Doesn't matter. Our eyes are still trust on the 320 00:25:15.480 --> 00:25:21.160 Lord and trusting that um that ultimately he is good, and we we can 321 00:25:21.240 --> 00:25:23.200 put our faith in our hope and our trust in Him and him alone, 322 00:25:23.920 --> 00:25:29.079 not in the fruit. Yeah, yeah, amen, Yeah. I think 323 00:25:29.079 --> 00:25:33.599 it comes around to what we've said oftentimes in this podcast and in our trainings 324 00:25:33.319 --> 00:25:37.599 is our fixation cannot be on the horror of abortion. That doesn't mean that 325 00:25:37.640 --> 00:25:41.160 we lose the gravity of that. We certainly need to be reminded, remind 326 00:25:41.240 --> 00:25:45.920 ourselves of the gravity of what we're dealing with in the murder of innocent children 327 00:25:45.680 --> 00:25:49.640 can and mass up to a million a year, and certainly we have to 328 00:25:49.640 --> 00:25:55.319 grapple with that. But it can't be our fixation. We can't constantly think 329 00:25:55.359 --> 00:25:59.000 about it, because then we'll be motivated by hatred for abortion, hatred for 330 00:25:59.000 --> 00:26:03.920 the abortion industry, hatred for pro aborates, for abortion doctors, or or 331 00:26:03.960 --> 00:26:07.240 whatever. We cannot be motivated by hatred for anyone or anything. We have 332 00:26:07.319 --> 00:26:11.720 to be motivated by a love for God and a love for our neighbor. 333 00:26:11.519 --> 00:26:15.799 And our fixation needs to be not on the horror of abortion. But what 334 00:26:15.880 --> 00:26:19.079 we often say is the beauty of Jesus, awesomeness of who this Jesus is, 335 00:26:19.319 --> 00:26:25.079 who came to this earth, this filthy, stinking, rebellious earth, 336 00:26:25.640 --> 00:26:29.799 allowed himself to be crucified by the by the hands of men that he created, 337 00:26:30.839 --> 00:26:33.039 so that he could bring redemption. Right. And so we see ultimately 338 00:26:33.079 --> 00:26:37.079 in the horror of the Cross, we see redemption. Right. We see 339 00:26:37.079 --> 00:26:42.079 God reconciling the world to himself through the death barrel and resurrection of Jesus. 340 00:26:42.079 --> 00:26:45.359 But it was only through the horror of the cross that that would take place. 341 00:26:47.200 --> 00:26:51.160 And in the same way, and there's um and I think back, 342 00:26:51.200 --> 00:26:53.559 it sees that, of course we talked about David. David sees that the 343 00:26:53.599 --> 00:26:59.880 redemption of God in spite of men's sin and rebellion against against the Lord, 344 00:27:00.400 --> 00:27:04.240 God's willingness, God's mirth mercy. The Bible says, mercy triumphs over judgment. 345 00:27:04.599 --> 00:27:10.519 God's willingness to give mercy in lieu of judgment. Now he's going to 346 00:27:10.640 --> 00:27:14.359 ultimately bring judgment. We can take hope in that. As the righteous, 347 00:27:14.400 --> 00:27:18.000 we certainly look for judgment and justice to come. Right. Justice implies that 348 00:27:18.000 --> 00:27:22.319 there's gonna be judgment, right. Um, So we want to look for 349 00:27:22.640 --> 00:27:26.599 judgment to come because we want to see justice. But before that we delight 350 00:27:26.640 --> 00:27:29.720 in mercy. And so any bit of mercy. I mean, heck, 351 00:27:29.759 --> 00:27:33.400 we've seen pro abortion people. We we had, um, I don't know, 352 00:27:33.440 --> 00:27:36.359 it's been a year and a half, two years ago. I think 353 00:27:36.400 --> 00:27:40.400 when we interviewed Kevin who used to be one of the pro abortion escorts, 354 00:27:40.400 --> 00:27:42.519 Like, God can do that stuff. God can save these pro abortion people. 355 00:27:42.599 --> 00:27:47.640 God can save abortion doctors. We were just at a conference in Washington 356 00:27:47.720 --> 00:27:51.720 State, right with Dr Anthony Levantina, and it's awesome what the Lord did 357 00:27:51.720 --> 00:27:56.000 in his life to save him from that wicked practice. And so we can 358 00:27:56.039 --> 00:27:57.799 take joy in the fact that our God, though he's a God of justice, 359 00:27:57.880 --> 00:28:00.759 is also a God of mercy. See, and it can help position 360 00:28:00.920 --> 00:28:06.480 us properly before God again to be fixated on the Lord rather than on the 361 00:28:06.519 --> 00:28:10.960 rebellion against him. Right. Yeah, So, Lord, in your wrath, 362 00:28:11.240 --> 00:28:15.720 remember mercy and so, um, I just want to encourage you guys. 363 00:28:15.720 --> 00:28:18.440 Hopefully this was encouraging. Some of our podcasts are practical, some of 364 00:28:18.480 --> 00:28:22.400 them are like this where we're digging into the heart issues and so we hope 365 00:28:22.400 --> 00:28:26.519 it's encouraging to you guys. If you guys have um maybe something along these 366 00:28:26.559 --> 00:28:30.519 lines, Maybe you need encouragement in some area, or have some questions about 367 00:28:30.519 --> 00:28:33.960 sidewalk out reach, we'd certainly be more than willing to answer those questions. 368 00:28:33.000 --> 00:28:37.000 You can reach out to me Daniel at love life dot org, reach her 369 00:28:37.119 --> 00:28:40.519 Vicky with why at love life dot org. We'd love to hear from you, 370 00:28:41.200 --> 00:28:47.759 But until next time, God bless God, bless you all. Give 371 00:28:47.839 --> 00:29:00.200 me out love for love, give me out for gratitude. I know it 372 00:29:00.279 --> 00:29:18.000 will cost me my life. Nothing's too precious since I met you. M. M.