It’s a Romans 1 kind of world! I’m praying this week for the pro-life counselors and for the Lord to shine through these courageous people as they meet the lie of the culture head on. Pro-life counselors are faced with trying to show abortion minded women the truth and combat all of the lies that have been fed to women in our society by the likes of Planned Parenthood and even other people of faith who choose to believe their own truth. In Romans chapter 1, in The Message it says:
“But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.”
These verses of scripture say a lot. It says people know full well who God is and they know what is right and what is wrong and therefore they have no excuses. However, the bottom line is that people decided they know it all and they know better than God. They decided they could be God. But hasn’t that been going on since the Garden? Satan convinced Eve that the reason God did not want her to eat of the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden was because it would make her like Him, as if God were threatened by Eve becoming like Him. What Eve did not realize was that she was already like God. She was created in His image and likeness and this is what Satan has been trying destroy since that moment!
Please continue to pray for the courageous pro-life counselors who are fighting against the lies perpetuated by the abortion industry. Please pray for the pro-life counselor who is faced with trying speak the truth to the abortion minded woman who believed the lie and traded the glory of God for a cheap figurine.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, today, being Wednesday, is the day that the babies are delivered by dismemberment in Germantown and I was so grieved for the lives of these children today. I have no idea how many children died in Germantown this week, but just one is too many. This morning was very different for me, something I’m generally not used to doing. The Lord had me keep a silent vigil this morning in honor of those who died today. I didn’t pray anything this morning, I just was there in silence and after about a half an hour I decided to read the scripture. I felt impressed to read the book of Habakkuk, which is probably not one of those books that is read so frequently or that one would just of think of reading as I did this morning. But, as is so true with the Lord, it was the right book to read today. The book only has three chapters, so it’s a quick read. Habakkuk’s name means to wrestle with or embrace as in a particularly bothersome issue, i.e. ABORTION. The prophet attempts to explore the issues of why God has allowed evil.
A study by Hampton Keathley at Bible.org does a good job of looking at the book of Habakkuk and explaining the idea of questioning God or wrestling with God over the evil and injustice seen in the world and why this okay to do. But more than that, this book is about faithfulness. It is about the faithfulness of God to redeem His people and bring justice where there is evil and it is about the rewards we receive for being a faithful people. I must remember to remain faithful to that which God has called me and recognize His sovereignty. I must also realize that the answers I want may not come when I want them or in the way I want. It is important to remember that God does not condone evil and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven! By the end of the book Habakkuk was able to see this and proclaim praises to God.
Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.