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When you complain; you remain

Habakkuk 1: 1-4 How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?  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. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted. (NIV)

I had the awesome pleasure of hearing Pastor Paula White speak this past week. Out of the many words that she spoke that evening, the one simple verse that remains with me is: “When you complain; you remain.”

This simple verse got me thinking of the countless times that I may have murmured negatively about a situation or carelessly chose my words. If I am expecting better results or believing in God to work on my behalf, why are my words negative? Have I fooled myself into thinking that I can possibly reap an abundance when I spew negativity from my mouth?

In the first chapter of Habakkuk, we find that Habakkuk is in a desperate state of mind. According to his point of view, everything is going wrong, the Lord is allowing sin to run rampant and evil is prevailing. Habakkuk goes on and on about justice being perverted and the Lord being silent through it all.

Habakkuk remained in this negative environment because he could not see his way out. He continuously complained and did not trust God to turn things around for him. It is not until the third chapter that Habakkuk changes his tone. Instead of complaining, he falls on his knees in prayer to an almighty God that has more than enough to fix his situation.

I ask you today, do your words match your belief? Does your trust put you in a position to remain or to advance? Let’s pray about it….

Dear Lord, we thank you for your mighty work in our life. When we do not understand what is going on or we have doubt that things will work out on our behalf, we will choose to trust you and speak your words and not our own. Father, in our own strength we fail but in you we prosper. We thank you for never leaving us to ourself and we honor you for your love and mercy.  In Jesus name we pray! Amen!

Much Love,

Mrs. Misenheimer

2 thoughts on “When you complain; you remain

  1. SO TRUE!!! every time I read or hear of Habakkuk I am reminded of of the day my son was born. He is adopted. I was having some major fertility issues and I was not expecting him nor were we planning to adopt. I was many miles away throwing a baby shower for my best friend who was having a baby out of wedlock, by a married man, and although she had turned her life over to the Lord and I was very excited for her baby boy to be born, boy was I having a hard time that day. I was in the bathroom every hour, hiding from the cheer of the day, and bemoaning the injustice to the Lord, not knowing that the precious baby boy the Lord had for me was being birthed into this world. I have narrowed it down to within a half an hour of the time my son’s birth certificate says he was born to the exact moment I sat in that bathroom and told the Lord, may it be. May his will be done. He is an amazing God!

    1. Thank you for sharing your exciting testimony! I Love IT! God is so amazing! You keep sharing that story, it is very inspiring!

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