An Extended Dialogue
Have you ever felt like you were too weak for the journey ahead? Or you were afraid of the uncertainty looming around you, or felt alone in the battle you were fighting?
I certainly have. Such feelings and experiences are tremendously crippling, pressurizing and exhausting. Maybe some of us are in such a place right now.
The Word of God tells us that the prophet Habakkuk is also caught in such a desperate situation. He knows that judgment is coming for his people and an unimaginable crisis is beckoning his nation. This must have filled his heart with dread and fear. And yet he makes what is to me, one of the most beautiful and amazing declarations of faith found in the Scripture. With a heart burdened and heavy, Habakkuk declares in Habakkuk 3:19 AMP,
“The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”
What a testimony! What an attitude to take! What gives Habakkuk such a confident and grateful heart despite the coming difficulties and disaster?
It is his faith and trust in his Almighty God. He believes God is able, that is why!
Indeed, God is my strength. He supplies what I need to get through those troubling times. God enables and empowers me to walk in places where I would normally slip.
When I read through the three chapters in the Book of Habakkuk, I come to learn that it is his extended dialogue with God that leads him to arrive at this perspective and acknowledgment that he finds in God all that he lacks, and this is enough for him to break forth into a declaration of his praise and worship in Habakkuk 3:19.
I think we really need to follow after Habakkuk to take matters that we cannot comprehend, difficulties that we cannot resolve and struggles that we cannot overcome, to our God. Channel our frustration and our grouses into prayer, and quieten ourselves to hear God out and listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit.
Like Habakkuk, we must talk through the matter or issue with God till we know that we have come out of that patch of wilderness. Sometimes, it could be that God reveals to us the way to resolve the issue on hand, gives us the wisdom to manage the matter, empowers us to do what we did not previously manage to accomplish or He supernaturally sends help along our path. These are but some possible ways God speaks to us as we consistently pray to Him over a particular matter.
And a lot of other times, in our extended dialogue with God, it is our heart and spirit that He refines and transforms. Like in the case with Habakkuk. The vision God gave him of the impending crisis that the nation will encounter has not changed. It is still coming. But Habakkuk’s burdened heart has been comforted. His heavy spirit has been lifted. His bleak outlook of the future has turned to hope. His questioning soul and unsettled spirit have been stilled. All these because of the extended dialogue he entered into with the Lord. All these because of the heart-to-heart exchange he had with his Lord God.
Is there a matter that is boggling your mind and rocking your faith right now? Take it to the Lord. Not just for a moment. Perseveringly take it to the Lord through and through. Good and amazing things that are beyond what you can think or imagine are going to take place, when you persist to dialogue with God, hear Him speak and watch Him unfold.
God is inviting you to enter into an extended dialogue with Him. The tightest knot that you cannot untie. The messiest tangle that you cannot release yourself from. The rough patch that you cannot smoothen. That dry field in which you have not borne fruit in a long time. God wants to chat with you about it. Will you begin an extended dialogue with your loving Father in heaven?
Channel your frustration and helplessness into prayer, and watch how God leads you to break forth into praise.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that whenever I come into Your presence in worship and prayer, You fill me afresh with Your Spirit and empower me with the ability for all that I am facing. Lord, I commit to bring all burdens and situations unto You in prayer instead of complaining and dwelling in despair. Remind me each day, O Lord, that You are always at work in my life and therefore, I must never give up praying even when I feel like things are still not changing for the better. Thank You, Lord, that You are always on my side giving me the strength, courage and help to walk steadfastly and scale heights that I never could by my own effort. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”