Sunday Devotional: How long, O Lord?

Habakkuk 1:2-3

How long, O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.

The prophet Habakkuk’s complaint resonates with us, for we similarly are anguished and frustrated.
The answers are in today’s other Scriptural readings:

2 Timothy1:6-8

Beloved:
I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.

and

Luke 17:10

So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded…

In other words, we soldier on — “bear our share of hardship,” do “all you have been commanded” with a spirit of courage, power, love and self-control, and spread the gospel of truth.
Armor of God I can do all things through Christ
As J.R.R. Tolkien put it in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

May the courage and love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
~Eowyn

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Maryaha
3 years ago

Amen, Dr. Eowyn.
Wherefore take to you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
TREASURE
https://youtu.be/1q5mFlP2tYs

Jurist
Jurist
3 years ago

This and the angel post ministered to me. Thank you for all you do, sister. It’s going to be great to meet you in person someday, whether here, there, or in the air.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  Jurist

Jurist . . . I agree with each word you have written. Dr Eowyn, is an Earthly angel who ministers to so many of us. I too look forward to that great meeting.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
3 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

I also look forward to meeting all of the FOTM family, as so many of you buoy me up in these troubled times

josephbc69
3 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Please add my ‘Ditto and Amen!’ to those above me: they wrote what I already know, feel, and treasure about you, for all that you do and are, for ALL of us, even the ungrateful or mean-spirited.

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TPR
TPR
3 years ago

Habakkuk could be a Grade-A headlining reporter these days. Thankfully, it won’t last forever…
“The Wicked Shall Cease From Troubling” (old time loud & lively gospel song):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s6pAu2P9H4&showinfo=0&rel=0
The wicked shall cease from troubling
The weary shall be at rest
All of the saints of the ages
Shall sit at His Feet and be blessed.

~~~
(Surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be many/any hymns that actually mention “violence” & “destruction.” that I could find. However, there are many re “storms.” See next…)

josephbc69
3 years ago
Reply to  TPR

I gotta tell ALL OF YOU: I played this thrice for all of us sinners at my ‘Monastery for Misfit Monks’ and BOY did it ever work!! Deneige, the 28 yr old transgender; James, the 63 yr old atheist, and myself, Christian Quaker, we ALL rocked and sang and GOT IT!!
What a blessing this site and its followers are to all of us in our weird ways. Surely heaven sends its rains upon the just and the unjust alike, but I think we get a bit more sunshine afterwards than some others do!

TPR
TPR
3 years ago
Reply to  josephbc69

Joseph, my man/brother! What a fantastic “visual” you described with your fellow “Misfit Monks” at the “Monastery,” lol! I woke up tonight with that song in my head again so had to turn on laptop & come back & listen; glad I did as it caused me to see your great comment. 🙂 Thank you for sharing it.

josephbc69
3 years ago
Reply to  TPR

Thank you TPR, and bless you for ‘being in the Spirit’ w/us ‘misfit monks’ who daily do what we can, while we, can to be a little piece/peace of Heaven on Earth for all those we encounter.

TPR
TPR
3 years ago

The white-haired “Georgia boy” who opens this song, Mosie Lister, wrote it in 1958. He died in 2015 at age 93 (so, not all long-living oldie-folks are bad guys!)
“‘Til The Storm Passes By”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq-jVTQUESY&showinfo=0&rel=0
(Love the quartet who follows Lister.)
Lyrics/Bio:
popularhymns. com/till_the_storm_passes_by.php
Great choice of scripture today for the harrowing days we live in! And what do the creeps have up their sleeve for the next go-round? Sigh! How Long O Lord!

TPR
TPR
3 years ago
Reply to  TPR

What a ditz I am, blind, too. It says clear as day in lower left corner at beginning of above video that it is white-haired Ben Speer opening the song, not the song’s composer Mosie Lister. How I missed that I don’t know. Not that it matters now, but in the interest of getting things CORRECT, this is an update. Mosie Lister, who wrote/composed the song, is THIS “Georgia boy”/man (& not the above Ben Speer/singer):comment image
Sorry about that! (I like to do things right. 🙂 )

Sher
Sher
3 years ago

I also follow the website, Unveiling the Apocalypse by Irish Author and Roman Catholic, Emmett O’Regan. He began the site as a platform for his first book. He just remastered his work and produced his latest book – Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church. I’m 23% into the Kindle Edition and highly recommend it to all.
https://unveilingtheapocalypse.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/unveiling-apocalypse-final-passover-of.html