Perhaps my favorite songs from Matt Redman’s album 10,000 Reasons was Never Once. It was playing at about the same time a similar song was released from Vertical Worship entitled Not for a Moment. Both of these songs serve as reminders that through our victories, through our failures, through the “mountain-top” experiences, through the valleys of despair, through joy, through sorrow, through it all God is with us. What comfort it is for us to remind each other as we sing that even in the silence of our solitude our God is with us. As I read in another blog earlier this week, no matter how our day is going, we can say:
“God is on His throne, everything is going His way, and He loves me.”
I needed to be reminded of this personally this week as I heard news showing just how far our society has fled from our creator. It is days like this that I am reminded of one of my favorite minor prophets Habakkuk. When the book opens, we see Habakkuk verbally shaking his fist at God, demanding from God an explanation to why He seemed so silent in the face of growing atrocities in his nation. God’s response is one of my favorite verses:
"Look at the nations and observe – be utterly astounded! For I am doing something in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
As the book progresses, Habakkuk’s attitude is changed as he expresses his trust in God in the final verses. He lists multiple things that cause him fear and concern, but concludes with this:
“Yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! The LORD my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights.” (Habakkuk 3:18-19)
In our hurt, in our doubt, in our fears, in our turmoil… be reminded even today that not for a moment does God stop being sovereign, not for a moment does He forsake us, Never Once will He leave us. He is doing things, which if we saw, we would never believe!
For His Glory,