Silence

"But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him." (Habakkuk 2:20)
 
Habakkuk was tired of looking into the city of Jerusalem and was exhausted by the evil that surrounded him. How much longer would this mess go on? And where was the Lord in the situation. Goodness, I can identify. 
 
“But.” Habakkuk uses this small word to point out a big change – a change in his attitude. “But” by the end of his conversation with God, he had turned himself around. He had readjusted his mindset. And he had remembered… God is in charge.
 
In this verse, we wrap ourselves in the same truth as Habakkuk. Our God is a living God in heaven who works tirelessly with His children in mind. God actively listens to every prayer and answers each one. And, He isn’t going anywhere. Habakkuk, you, and I all share the same God. He doesn’t change and isn’t going to change. 
 
The hard part of this verse isn’t the beginning; it is the end. “Let all the earth keep silent before Him.” Silent?! Uhhhh, I have a hard time saying “Good Morning” in less than 500 words. But this isn’t about not communicating. 
 
Y’all, consider this the Lord firmly but lovingly grabbing your chin and pulling your face towards His. 
 
This is about being silent in order to remember who is in charge when the anxiety and fear rushes in like waves. Who is the one we revere? Stand in awe of? Adore? The one that has pulled us through 100% of all the hard days? The Lord Almighty.
 
He was working on the hearts of the Babylonians. 
 
He is working in the world during a pandemic.
 
And we stand in silence at His never-ending presence. 
 
Journal Prompt: Oh God, I praise you!  Make a list of all the names of God that you can remember. For example: You are my provider, You are my healer, You are my joy, etc. Spend the next few minutes praising God.
 
By Carrie Peterson
 
Carrie is happiest with her people and a pen in hand!  

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