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Weekly Devotion: When your Outlook is Bleak, Try the Up Look
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Father’s Day is just around the corner and is a good time to honor our Dads and father-like figures. My dad, Ron Chadwick wrote a series of devotionals he gave to his four boys before he passed away. In honor of my dad I wanted to share one of these encouraging gems with you.

In the Old Testament of the Bible you find this small three chapter book called Habakkuk. Habakkuk is truly a man who trusted God but struggled with two questions. Why did God allow the increasing evil in Judah to go unpunished and how could God justify using the Babylonians, a nation more evil than the Jews, to punish the Jews? God’s defense reflects His goodness and power in the midst of evil. The central thought of God’s answer to Habakkuk is, “The righteous will live by his faith.”

Habakkuk chapter 3 ends with Habakkuk’s prayer of “Praise for the Person of God, Praise for the Power of God, Praise for the Purpose of God and, then finally, Praise because of Faith in God. This final section, verses seventeen through nineteen, is an amazing turning point in Habakkuk’s thinking. “Though the fig tree should not blossom…no fruit on the vines…the yield of the olive should fail…the fields produce no food…the flock should be cut off…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.” Once Habakkuk took his eyes off the circumstances and put them back where they belonged on the sovereign Lord, his outlook completely changed. When your outlook is bleak, try the up look.

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