Look to the nations and watch and be utterly amazed

By: Curtis Wayne 0 Comments   1/5/2016

Last week at the OneThing IHOP conference, Stuart Greeves delivered one of the best messages.

The title of Stuarts’ message was “Walking With Joy in the Midst of the Growing Crisis On the Earth”

This message was based on the prophet and Old Testimony book Habakkuk.  

Habakkuk was in a similar situation that we see today, as the influence of wickedness is ragging around the world and in our own nation. 

Here is the full message:

Habakkuk starts out complaining to the Lord, asking why the Lord is allowing these things to happen.  He asked the Lord, “why do you tolerate wrongdoing?” and why do you allow the laws to be changed so that they no longer uphold justice.  This is why the laws of a nation are important, because when the Lord’s laws are removed from the laws of a nation – they become worthless as justice is no longer upheld and the nation will soon self-destruct.  

“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? 3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.” - Habakkuk 1:1-4

The Lord answers

Habakkuk 1:5-11- The Lord answered saying, "Look to the nations and watch and be utterly amazed, for I am going to be something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told."  The Lord is saying that he has a master plan and involved the rise and fall of the nations of the world.  And if Habakkuk saw his plan he would be amazed as what the Lord is doing.  The Lord goes on to say that he is raising up "ruthless and impetuous people" to "sweep across the whole earth" to be "feared and dreaded". 

The prophet Habakkuk is confused and he asks again, "Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked?" – Habakkuk 1:12

The Lord answers again

So the Lord answer him again, this time with more detail.  The Lord says he has a master plan for all of history to unfold.  The Lord tells Habakkuk to write this revelation down so it can be read by people many years later, because it speaks of the end of history and will be proven true.  The Lord says his plan will take a long time, but it will eventually unfold.  "Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay". 

Then the Lord tells Habakkuk that all the nations of the world will turn to their own ways, they will puff themselves up in unrighteousness, and it will lead to wars and death and every evil thing – but they will all come to ruin.  And in the end, “the earth will be filled with knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” – Habakkuk 2:14

This is when Habakkuk started to understand what the Lord is saying - "Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord." - Habakkuk 3:2  Habakkuk is terrified of the Lord's wrath and power.  "… my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled." – Habakkuk 3:16.  He says even if the food is gone, the economy crashes, the jobs are gone and the nations are at war – I will rejoice in the Lord.   "I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." – Habakkuk 3:18

Stuart Greeves brings this passage to life, pointing out how we are in the end of days and the Lords plan is nearly completely unfolded.  Nothing is happening outside the Lord’s control, rather the Lord is using the raging nations to gather a people to put their faith in Him.  To call out "I will rejoice in the Lord" regardless of the raging nations.  He has a good plan to bring people to salvation and in the end the Lord will be ruling and reining over all the nations. 

In our limited lifetime, it is difficult to see the Lord’s entire plan clearly, but he wrote down prophecies like this one so that we can study them and be amazed.  This passage tells us we can study the Lords plan and compare them with what is going on in the nations and be utterly amazed.  

“Look to the nations and watch and be utterly amazed” – Habakkuk 1:5

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