Good morning! I hope that this day will be good for you and your family, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers every day during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Consecration of the Upper Room below – as well as the theology woven into “I’m Good with the Soul.”
Habakkuk 1: 1-5 New revised standard version (NRSV)
1 A prophecy seen by the prophet Habakkuk.
The Prophet’s appeal
2 Lord, how long shall I cry out for help,
and you won’t listen?
Or to shout “Violence!”
and you won’t save?
3 Why are you forcing me to see atrocities
and watch the trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is conflict and conflict.
4 Thus the law becomes weak
and justice never prevails.
The wicked surround the righteous –
therefore the judgment turns out to be perverted.
5 Look at the nations and see!
Be amazed! Be amazed!
Because the work is done in your days
that you would not believe that you were told.
Tim’s dedicated thinking for today
There is a long tradition of people crying out to God for the injustices of the world, the evils of the world, the pain and suffering of the world. There is a quarrel. There is a conflict. Verses 1-4 of the first chapter of Habakkuk are in that tradition.
And you? Did you all follow that tradition? I have! It is often a psalmist’s prayer. Moses complained to God. The work infuriated God. Even Jesus prayed – quoting Psalm 22 – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
In some translations this becomes clearer by adding a title, but verse 5 is a change of voice. It is God who answers Habakkuk: “Look at the nations and see! Be amazed! Be amazed! Because in your days there is work to be done that you would not believe if you were told. ”
What do you think God intends in our day? What is the work that is being done, and what is the work of the Lord? Look, look! Be amazed! There are people who live by what it means to love, serve and give. Be amazed! God works in and through people in our time to make the world a better place and improve the lives of God’s children everywhere. Indeed, I believe, “it is done in [our] days. ”
Thank you for sharing with me, with God, this early moment of your day, with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you over the coming days and nights.
I am so grateful for you, for our church and for the Love that will live us all through this very difficult time. Please stay healthy and we will be in the spirit again tomorrow morning!
Grace and peace,
Dr. Tim Brewster