Stop fooling yourselves! If you think you’re wise by this world’s standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise.(1 Corinthians 3:18)
How long it’s been, my friends! You wouldn’t believe the stuff that’s been going on since our last time together: Jesus has been revealing so much to me about my calling and purpose, revealing Himself to me more personally and closely than I’ve ever known before, and oh yeah…my university closed down because of a global virus! Yes, like everyone else in the world, I am aware of and affected by the Coronavirus, but as I’ve been sitting at Jesus’ feet while He teaches me, He’s commanded me to speak as a voice of His truth and life in the midst of the fear and lies; to share the word He gives me, and speak what He gives me to speak. Here we go!
The prophet Habakkuk is unique. Rather than accusing Israel or calling them to turn back to the LORD, he lamented and questioned God! He just could not, for the life of him, understand why He was so okay with allowing so much sin and evil to go unchecked. On top of that, why would he use an even worse nation, Babylon, as His tool of judgment against them?! “This is crazy God, aren’t you just and holy? This doesn’t make sense to me, but I will wait for Your answer on the city walls.” (Habakkuk 1, more or less)
As Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem as the rightful king and deliverer of Israel, He is surrounded by people praising God for His miracles, and hailing Him as the Messiah! Seems like a party if I’ve ever seen one; Jesus is finally getting the praise and recognition He deserves as the Son of God, right? But when He sees Jerusalem, He breaks out in tears in the middle of all the joy and worship! What gives? I’m positive the disciples were super confused as to why their Master was weeping over the city that was currently exalting Him as king and Messiah that very moment! (Luke 19:28-44)
In our limited humanness, we just cannot understand an infinite God who works in eternity! Sucks. As frustrating as it is, we have to remember that we see through a keyhole what He sees entirely. Habakkuk just couldn’t understand why his holy God seemed so confident while all he saw was injustice and evil; the disciples wondered why Jesus weeped over Jerusalem’s rejection of Him when they were right there praising Him! Jesus does not see as we see, and we HAVE to remember that if we are going to make it through times like these. When all we see is evil, He sees purpose and a plan; when we see nothing but greatness, He knows the storm on the other side of it. We live in a world that demands information and explanations, yet we serve a God who is beyond both; who gives us just enough to know He is good, but still asks us to trust that goodness!
- Guys, now more than ever, it’s so important to take Jesus at his word when he says “follow Me.” Rather than fooling ourselves into thinking we can figure out what He’s doing , or thinking He owes us an explanation of why, we must become fools in the eyes of the world in order to be truly wise! “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4) When we cry out “why God?!”, we should be okay with no answer at all, but instead a command: “Follow Me, trust Me.” Questions and complaints are welcome, but only faith is accepted.