I am quite sure we have all seen the Red Carpet rolled out when Hollywood gives out Academy Awards. You see what has happened to us; we begin to take on the world’s ways and the world’s thinking. We think that is what God should be doing for us. We see the women wearing dresses valued at $10,000 and they are wearing jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. We begin to think that God owes us. BUT that is not what the Christian life is to be like. You know what happens….even Believers get tainted by the world. We think that we are entitled to certain things and rewards because we are children of the King of Kings.
I remember a phone call that I received from a young woman. She and her husband were Pastoring a church. She said that she started thinking of all the good she and her husband had been doing for the Kingdom of God. But then her voice went low, she said that she was beginning to develop a prideful attitude. One night she asked the Lord to show her, her rewards. Oh, she said he showed her. She told me that she dreamed that she died and went to heaven and she saw this bright light. She could not see the face of the Lord because the light was so bright. And around the throne were all sorts of crowns: large, medium and small. Oh, they were beautiful and sparkling. She said that she said to herself, “Oh these must be MY crowns.” Then in the dream she saw the hand of the Lord touch the crowns and they all burned up like dross, like trash, like garbage, like they were worthless-just the way the Bible describes it. All that was left was a teeny, tiny crown, the smallest crown you could hardly see. In fact, it was so small it could not even fit on the end of her pinkie finger. She said all that she could do was to cry out to the Lord: “Forgive me for my rotten, stinking prideful attitude.”
Some of you may be saying well, it is not right to speak to God like that. “We should not ask Him a question such as did this woman.” All the years of my life in the church I have heard people say it is not respectful to ask God why? Yes, we must be respectful of our Lord. But He is not offended by our honesty and sincerity. We all forget that the Bible tells us that He already knows what we are thinking. He knows our questions. He even knows our motives and most of the time we don’t know our motives. I truly believe that we do not want to ask Our Lord about certain things because then we would have to do what He asks of us and we may not like the answer.
In the Old Testament there is a small book that only has 3 chapters - Habakkuk. It is the name of the prophet. Here, we have a great example of a man of God who was not afraid to ask God the tough questions that really bothered him. Most prophets spoke to the people for God. Habakkuk spoke to God for the people. He lived in times that were hard on the faith. He saw the righteous suffering and the wicked prospering. He asked God two questions that we often ask: ”Why?” and “How long?” He wanted to know why are these things happening and how long before they are corrected. We need to go head and ask God but ask sincerely, correctly and humbly. Habakkuk is one of the good guys. He fears God and does what is right but it is getting him nowhere. When you get to the end of his book his name which means “to embrace or wrestle” becomes appropriate. He chooses to cling firmly to God regardless of what happens to his nation. (Habakkuk 3:16-19) That is the final conclusion we need to come to in our lives. Regardless of what happens in our lives, or in the lives of our family or what happens in our country; our final conclusion must be to cling firmly to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is our refuge and our strength. He is our strong rock, our fortress, our deliverer.
We learn from Habakkuk the progression he went through. He goes from questioning God to trusting God. Habakkuk would be right at home in our society today. We witness murderers getting away with punishment because of a technicality. We see terrorists allowed to go free. We witness the persecution of Christians world-wide and no newspaper or television news outlets report it. If it weren’t for the religious organizations we would know nothing about the world-wide persecution. But that was when Habakkuk cried out to the Lord and maybe that is what we Christians need to do: Cry out to Our Lord and start praying.
Remember God never turns away the honest and sincere seeker. Go to God with your questions. You may not find all the answers but in finding God you then know the One who does.