Scripture: Habakkuk 1
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians, [a]
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwelling places not their own.
7 They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor.
Observation: Even those who are living their lives without any regard for God are still working for Him.
Application: This is sometimes a difficult subject to nail down, but I am convinced that whether we acknowledge it or not, we are all working for God. This however doesn’t mean that the whole world is saved, I am not talking about Universalism. I am simply pointing out that God uses the whole of His creation to accomplish His purposes. In the scripture above from Habakkuk God is using a nation of “ruthless and impetuous” people to punish His Children, but just because the Babylonians don’t know that they are being used by God in this way doesn’t make that fact any less real.
Not long ago I came into contact with an old friend whom I hadn’t spoken with in over twenty years. I mentioned that I had been in the ministry for thirteen years and he replied “I’m glad to hear that you’re working for The Big Guy!” So I thought of that when I read this scripture this morning. The Babylonians were working for “The Big Guy” when they conquered Israel.
Perhaps a separation of terminology would be helpful here. The journey (life) is not a choice, it’s mandatory, but the route you take is one that you decide for yourself, and your eventual destination depends upon your path. There are two paths you can go by, there are two choices that we can make (actually there are much more than two but we will confine it to two for the purpose of this point). You can go down the path of the servant in which you lovingly serve The Lord with all your Heart, or you can go down the path of the slave in which you struggle against God’s plan for you. In both cases you are working for The Lord, the servant is rewarded, the slave is not.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
If ALL things are working together for good to them that love God, I want to be on the side that things are working for, don’t you? I hope that you know which path you are on today, and I hope that you are leading and encouraging your loved ones to join you on that path.
May God Bless You!
Prayer: Heavenly Father,
I love you! Thank you for working all things together for good for me. Help me to be a loving servant and to reach out to others and show them the way to enter into a relationship of love with you.