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Monday, October 26, 2009

Astound me, Lord!

(Beautiful scene in Fayetteville, Arkansas)
"O LORD, how long shall I cry, And you will not hear? Even cry out to You, Violence! And You will not save" (Habakkuk 1:2)

Habakkuk was a tender, spiritual man with a great love for his people. He stood as watchman over them and he was perplexed over the evil that existed in Judah, and the lack of judgement against their sin. He was a man of God who was jealous for the Holiness of God and the justice of God. He was questioning God in the unjudged sin present in Judah and I just love God's answer in Habakkuk 1:5

"Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe though it were told you"

Precious friends, when we submit all authority to the Author of our Faith....when we let God be God in all things...when we realize who is in control..

He will utterly astound us!!

Praise God and Glory! Oh, to let Him just astound me!

We see such a mighty transformation of Habakkuk into a man of triumphant faith. We see him grow as he submits to the Lord.

"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation" (Habakkuk 3:18)

As we ponder the "yet", God opens our eyes.

'Yet' is circumstances we don't like. 'Yet' is things that cause us sorrow or sadness. 'Yet' is illness. 'Yet' is troubles and strife. 'Yet' is betrayal and bondage. Things spinning out of control. 'Yet' is when we are overcome and overwhelmed.

Joy is Jesus. Joy is remembering His mercy. Joy is His Grace in our lives. Joy is His compassion. Joy is the Presence of God.

It is in the 'yet' that we will seek Him the most and search for Him the deepest. It is in the 'yet' that we fall on our faces before an Almighty God, lay it down at His feet and find Him faithful.

Oh, precious Lord, thank you for being my Joy! Thank you for being there in the 'yet'. Thank you for your unending mercy and grace in my life. I submit to you Father, and I just stand back and wait. I stand back and watch. I stand back in awe and await for you to astound me!

Beth

13 comments:

angelonwheels said...

Beth,

I believe this post was a message from The Father to me! Thank you!

Lisa said...

Submission is definitely the key. Willingly surrendering my will for His..., and not picking it up again. Lord, I'm ready to be astounded by YOU!
Blessings ~ Lisa

petrii said...

Beth,
What a beautiful picture. I love Fayetteville. We love to go hiking there.


What a beautiful post.

Have a Blessed evening Sweet One,
Dawn

Joan Carr said...

What a thought. Yet - if we could just trust God and let Him work the Yets would be much easier and then we could have the Joy all the time.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've had my own "yet" in recent days and am glad to get past it. I learned just how much my faith has grown in the past couple of years. I want to grow further; even typing that concerns me a little. I know to go deeper with God, stuff happens to increase that depth. But God is faithful. I trust him completely with it all.

peace~elaine

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

I am in the midst of a couple "yets". While I wish I could forego such moments, I know that life would not be worth living without these "yets". The astounding comes in the "therefores" that follow!

Shalom,
Denise

Every Day Blessings said...

Thank you for this post. My heart needed every word.
blessings,
Debbie

LisaShaw said...

Beautiful beautiful message and I so stand in agreement with your prayer.

Astound me, Lord as I surrender my heart and life to you continuously for Your glory.

I love you Beth.

Toia said...

Beautiful and true. It's time to give God a 'Yet' praise. Thanks for sharing.

PS - Love the picture.

Tracy said...

Just wanted to say I think your blog is beautiful..I enjoyed looking over it. I popped in from Leslie's blog...tought I'd say hi!

You girls are beautiful!

Have a blessed day!

Nana Jul said...

I want to be Utterly astounded!
Lord help us to stand back and see the Glory and power of God at work! I give you all my yets...And will Praise you because you are so worthy!
Such a beautiful encouraging post Beth! Thank you for letting the Lord use you!

Jackie said...

Oh yes! We have a God that is simply, wonderfully, astounding! I look to you Lord this day to be astounded by YOU!

Thanks so much for this post!

Sweet Blessings!
Jackie

Irritable Mother said...

Ah, I LOVE that He is God and good - even in the 'yet'.