“But it is exactly in common searches and shared risks that new ideas are born, that new visions reveal themselves and that new roads become visible.
We do not know where we will be two, ten or twenty years from now. What we can know, however, is that man suffers and that a sharing of suffering can make us move forward.
The minister is called to make this forward thrust credible to his many guests, so that they do not stay but have a growing desire to move on, in the conviction that the full liberation of man and his world is still to come”
Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer, 100.
Read: Habakkuk 3:12-19
When Habakkuk asks God what’s going to happen to his nation, God tells him he wouldn’t believe him if he told him—it’s going to be that bad! But after back and forth questioning, Habakkuk sees that even in the face of disaster—even if the economy absolutely fails (v. 17)—God can still be trusted. In fact, he rejoices that God is a God who can not only save us in the midst of a broken economy, but he will actually transform us so we can walk through the hard times (vv. 18 – 19)! What’s God doing in our nation? Let’s ask and trust God to steel us and transform us—whatever happens next.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
For help understanding what’s going on in Habakkuk’s story, check out Bible Project’s Overview of the story. Plus they have a video on Hope as well.