Four show into the REVELATION tour, I'm back on the road having delayed my arrival to celebrate my grand-daughter's first birthday and my daughter's eighteenth birthday.
In a brief devotional time with the band last night in McMurray, I shared some thoughts from the book of Habakkuk-even though most of the guys thought I was making the name up! Having written a series of devotions based on the songs and themes of the REVELATION album, I had used Habakkuk as a good starting place for someone needing revelation from the Lord.
Here's a portion from the devotional book, which will probably appear as 30 Days of Revelation with Third Day or a similar title. I reminded the band that there will be many fans at every concert of tis tour who will be in a similar place to Habakkuk, and that God will answer their cry through Third Day's music and ministry.
HABAKKUK 1.1-3 to see Habakkuk's situation.
introduced to the prophet Habakkuk as a man who is deeply burdened and
troubled. Simply put, he is desperate to hear from the Lord and he asks two questions
of the Lord that at some time we have all asked- "How long?" and "Why?" In fact you may be asking God one or
both of those questions right now- "How long have I got to suffer this, how
long till you give me some guidance, how long till I see the light at the end
of the tunnel?" or "Why are you allowing this to happen Lord? Why don't you act
and do something about it?"
Habakkuk, the concerns were how long would God put up with the disobedience of
the nation of Judah, and why was God allowing this disobedience to go
How long, O
LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you,
"Violence!" but you do not save? Why do you make
me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are
before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Habakkuk 1.1-3 NIV
had no other option than the one that we all face- to wait patiently for God's
revelation. If you are in that place of waiting right now, then don't be
anxious or downhearted. The God that spoke to Habakkuk eventually will speak to
HABAKKUK 2.1-3 to see God's answer.
a real act of faith, and often a hard lesson to learn, to recognise that God
will speak to us in His timing, which in the end will always be the best for
us. These are the words He speaks to Habakkuk- be comforted by them:
Then the LORD
replied: "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a
herald may run with it. For the
revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove
false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not
delay. Habakkuk 2.2-3 NIV
has not forgotten you! He will speak at the right time, and when he does make
sure you keep a record of what He is saying to you. All you need to do is
position yourself in a place of faithfulness, dependence on God, and
YOU HAVE TIME, THEN READ HABAKKUK 3.1-19 and see in his prayer of thanksgiving
how Habakkuk's attitude has been transformed because he had encountered the