Dialogue with Deity

Posted: October 4, 2015 in Route 66

Route 66: Habakkuk, “Dialogue with Deity”

People make false assumptions about all kinds of things.  Sometimes it’s minor, as people assume that if someone is wearing shabby clothes that it’s because they can’t afford something better.  Or that if you’re sneezing, you’re automatically sick.  Or that if your favorite ice cream is anything but Blue Bell, it means you’re from out-of-state. (That one might be true.) 🙂

False assumptions can often get people into trouble with others, but what can be far worse is making a false assumption about God.  Yet people do that all the time.  How often have we heard, “My God would never do ____.”  Really?  What does the Bible say?  We may be guilty of idolatry by creating a god of our own imagination.  Sometimes our assumptions of God are so set that we even find ourselves questioning God if things don’t go according to our plans.  (Incidentally, that’s one of the dangers of “date-setting” in regards to events of the end-times.  If it doesn’t go according to our schedule, we assume that the doctrine is wrong, rather than our application of it.)

Of course the good news for a Christian is that even when we do make false assumptions about God, we are freely invited to go to the Lord and find out the truth.  For us, we have the completed canon of Scripture, and we can search the Word diligently to read what God has to say about the matter (be it of Himself, or of His teachings).  We are invited to go to God in prayer, and ask Him about these things as one of His children – which is one of the many blessings of being a born-again believer in Jesus Christ.

The Hebrew prophet Habakkuk had his own questions for God, and he also had the freedom to ask God about them.  In fact, he had his own dialogue with God, conversing with the Lord about some of the most confusing things Habakkuk saw.  Habakkuk saw injustice, and wondered why it seemed that God never responded.  And when God told the prophet what He was going to do, Habakkuk was then astounded at God’s plans, even calling them into question.  Habakkuk was never disrespectful of God; he simply knew he had the freedom to dialogue with God.  God did not punish Habakkuk for honest questions, but Habakkuk had to be willing to listen to God and receive God’s answers for what they were.

Sometimes we have our own questions…and some of our questions might even reflect those of Habakkuk’s.  “How long?” – How long will there be injustice & suffering?  How long will it be until Jesus calls us home?  And likewise with Habakkuk, God may tell us something similar: “Just look and be amazed – and hold on to Me by faith in the meantime.”

For those keeping track, the book of Habakkuk is 8th out of the 12 Minor Prophets (over halfway!).  We know little to nothing about the prophet himself, as no other Biblical information is given about him.  He says nothing about himself, his family background, or the king/kingdom in which he served, and no other Biblical writer mentions him at all.  Habakkuk is mentioned in the apocryphal book “Bel and the Dragon,” but that writing is not considered part of the inspired Bible, and the chronology of Habakkuk’s mention seems to rule out any accuracy.

What we do know of Habakkuk has to be inferred from the text, and we can see a few things.  First, we know that Habakkuk wrote prior to the Babylonian captivity.  The Jews had not yet fallen to Babylon because the Chaldeans (Babylonians) were being raised up by God (1:6).  At the same time, the Babylonians did have at least some reputation because Habakkuk was aware of their violence, evil, and warfare (1:13,15-17).  We also know that Habakkuk lived during a time of prolific sin that surrounded him among his own people (1:2-4).  When we put all of it together, it suggests that Habakkuk wrote during the very early years of King Jehoiakim of Judah – perhaps somewhere in the range of 608-605BC.  It was then that Babylon had begun to ascend in the Middle East, finally conquering the Assyrian capital of Nineveh in 612BC (which was the subject of the previous prophet, Nahum).  Although King Josiah had led a time of revival in Judah, things quickly deteriorated when his son Jehoiakim ascended to the throne.  (Technically, there was another son in-between, Jehoahaz – but he reigned only three months.)  Those early years of Jehoiakim seem to provide the perfect setting for a book such as Habakkuk’s, where Habakkuk not only questions the local corruption of the people, but the proposed solution by God.

Secondly, we also know that Habakkuk had somewhat of a musical background, primarily due to some notations within Ch. 3 (3:1, 3:13, 3:19).  This suggests that he might be a Levite of some sort, which might even be supported by the non-Biblical tradition of “Bel & the Dragon.”

Thirdly, we know Habakkuk to be a man of faith.  Although he definitely has questions for God, he is not impertinent towards God, or believes he knows better than God.  Habakkuk patiently waits for the Lord’s answers, and readily receives them in humility – trusting that God will always do what is right.

As with many of the prophetic books, one thing that is roundly displayed is the evidence of God’s sovereignty.  God has often been shown to be the God over ALL the nations, not just the God of Israel – and that becomes clear in Habakkuk as well.  God is the One who causes nations and kings to rise & fall, and He does that according to His own will and purpose.

We also see God’s own justice affirmed.  There are certain things that happen, to which we ask the question “why?”.  Job is the classic example.  He had no idea why the sufferings that came to him came the way they did, and he had to trust that God alone knew the reasons why.  Habakkuk is in a similar situation.  When God tells the prophet His plan, Habakkuk has to trust that God has His reasons…and He did.  He still does!  We don’t often find out the reason why God allows us to endure the things we do, but we are often exhorted to trust God in the middle of those things.  He has not abandoned us, nor forsaken us – and neither did He do it with the Jews of Habakkuk’s day.

Beyond the theological grandness of God’s perfect justice & His sovereignty over the nations, Habakkuk plays a key role in the life of the church.  It is no exaggeration to say that Habakkuk played a fundamental part in setting off the touchstone of the Protestant Reformation.  Not so much in the book of Habakkuk itself, but from a quotation of Habakkuk that Paul referenced in the books of Romans and Galatians: the just shall live by faith.  It was that line, originally penned by the prophet, that set Martin Luther on his journey out of monkhood and works-based religion to his understanding of justification by faith alone, through grace alone, by Christ alone, known by Scripture alone – to God alone be the glory!

All from a tiny line among the Minor Prophets.  Habakkuk isn’t so “minor” after all!

Overall, the book flows as a dialogue between the prophet and God.  Habakkuk asks a question, God answers – Habakkuk asks another one, and so forth.  Scholars disagree a bit as to when God or Habakkuk is speaking past the 2nd obvious answer, but we’re going to assume that the book simply alternates speakers as indicated by the explicit declaration of the Scripture.

  • Habakkuk’s 1st Question (1:1-4)
  • God’s 1st Answer (1:5-11)
  • Habakkuk’s 2nd Question (1:12-2:1)
  • God’s 2nd Answer (2:2-20)
  • Habakkuk’s Prayer & Psalm (3:1-19)


Habakkuk’s 1st Question
Introduction (1:1)
Again, Habakkuk doesn’t say much about himself.  He says nothing about his king nor his hometown.  From his writings, we assume he’s writing of the southern kingdom of Judah, but it’s never something he directly comes out and says.  For that matter, we’re not told that Habakkuk is actually the person who put these words to paper; rather this is the recording of what Habakkuk saw.  The likely conclusion is that Habakkuk wrote it, but technically the book’s author is anonymous.  Habakkuk had a “burden/oracle/prophecy,” and what follows is what he was given.

Overwhelmed by injustice (1:2-4)
Habakkuk’s actual question was “How long?”.  Overwhelmed by the things he saw around him, the prophet cries out to God.  The desperation in his voice is almost palpable: Habakkuk 1:2–4, "(2) O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. (3) Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises. (4) Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds."

Everywhere Habakkuk looked, all he saw was violence.  Any possible remnant from the revival of Josiah was gone.  Any repentance had faded away.  People had gone back to their old ways, as dogs returning to their vomit, and once again wicked leadership had taken the throne.  The prophet apparently cried out to God often, and it seemed as if God never heard him. Why did God keep showing him these things, if God wasn’t going to do anything about it?  Habakkuk was overwhelmed & he needed some answers.

Ever feel the same way?  We look at our own nation & decry how sinful it’s become.  We lament how far away our culture has fallen from the things of God.  We wonder how much worse God is going to allow it to get, and we wonder “how long?” – surely we cannot stand much more.  What do we do about it?  The same thing Habakkuk did: turn to God in prayer.  We may not get our answers immediately, but we can immediately turn to God ourselves.  We have an open invitation to go before Him in prayer & lay our burdens down at His feet.  All the stuff that is overwhelming to us is safely handled by our Heavenly Father.  The things that are burdensome to us are light to Him.  Let Him exchange burdens with us and give us that which is light.  And the promise is that is exactly what He will do.  Philippians 4:6–7, "(6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  There is no promise here that God will immediately solve all of our problems; the promise is that He will give us peace in the midst of them.  Praise God for the peace that passes understanding!  When burdened, that is what we need the most!

God’s 1st Answer
God’s plan to use the Chaldeans (1:5-8)
If God had previously seemed silent to Habakkuk, this time He was silent no more.  God answered the prophet, and He even warned the prophet that he might not like God’s answer.  Habakkuk 1:5, "(5) “Look among the nations and watch— Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you."  Loose paraphrase: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”  God’s plan would be so amazing, so incomprehensible to Habakkuk, that even when God revealed to him what it would be, the prophet wouldn’t believe it. (FYI, that was actually true.  Habakkuk’s disbelief is the subject of his 2nd question.)

God’s plan?  He was “raising up the Chaldeans” (1:6) – either a reference to bringing the Babylonians to prominence as a world power, or simply bringing the Babylonians forth to Jerusalem as His chosen method of judgment.  God describes them as “a bitter and hasty nation” that was already marching through the earth in conquest (1:6).  They were fierce warriors, and militarily equipped like none other (1:7-8).

Keep in mind this wasn’t exactly comforting news to Habakkuk.  The Jewish kingdom had been spared from Assyrian conquest, even as their brothers to the north were overrun.  Most likely, the Assyrians had already begun to wane in influence as they had to spend their efforts defending themselves from the ever-stronger Babylonians.  For the first time in a long time, the Jews had a bit of relief from the warring superpowers around them.  Granted, the Jews had their own internal problems, but at least they could rest a bit from outside armies.  Now God’s telling Habakkuk that it was precisely the outside armies that He would be using as His instrument of wrath.  It’s not as if this ought to have been brand-new news to Habakkuk – after all, God had already revealed this to Isaiah & others.  But this was still upsetting to the prophet.  The Chaldeans were known not only to be mighty, but wicked.  And their wickedness wasn’t unknown by God….

God’s knowledge of the Chaldeans (1:9-11)
God had already spoken of the might of the Babylonians; now He reveals their sin.  This was a violent nation (1:9) – this was a nation that routinely conquered city-states (1:10) – this was a nation that committed transgressions & offenses in the name of their pagan god (1:11).  IOW, these were idolatrous violent Gentiles, and they were still the chosen instrument of God.

This isn’t something we can take lightly or ignore.  Who was it that raised up the Chaldeans?  God (1:6).  And yet the Chaldeans were dreadfully sinful.  Can God raise up a sinful nation for His purposes?  Yes.  God often uses evil pagans for His purposes – even in the judgment of His own people.

  • As Americans, we often think we’re exempt from this sort of thing.  We believe that because God has blessed us in the past, and because we’ve had founding fathers who took the words of the Bible seriously that God will always grant us peace and prosperity as a nation.  Not so!  When people fall away from God, God will do whatever is necessary to get our attention – even raising up complete pagans as instruments of His discipline.  If He did it with Israel (a nation with which He had a covenant), He’ll certainly do it with the United States (a nation with no such covenant).  We can never take our blessings from God for granted!  God is not obligated to bless us or let us remain a superpower within the world.  The things that are happening to our nation are things that God is allowing to happen in His sovereign plan.  We need to see these things as warnings we need to repent, and call people to repentance & faith!

Habakkuk’s 2nd Question
Dumbfounded by God (1:12-14)
Habakkuk was just as dumbfounded by God’s use of the Chaldeans as we might be of God’s use of the Muslims or Atheists.  How could God use such a sinful people?  Habakkuk was almost left beyond words.  How could God do such a thing?

Confused by God’s plan, Habakkuk reminds himself of God’s character.  He affirms God’s infinite existence (“from everlasting”) – he affirms God’s covenant (“O LORD my God”) – he affirms God’s holiness – he affirms God’s promise and justice (1:12).  Habakkuk knows that even if Jerusalem is conquered, the Jews will never be totally wiped from the face of the earth.  They would not die.  He knows that God is perfectly just & that God would judge the Babylonians for their own sin.  This was all absolutely true…and with that in mind, Habakkuk couldn’t make sense of what God just told him. (Exactly what God said would happen in vs. 5.)

If God as the perfectly righteous God cannot look upon evil (1:13), how could God use the Chaldeans, who dealt treacherously (1:13).  How could the God of order use such chaos? (1:14)  How could God use such sinful people? 

Habakkuk’s knowledge of the Chaldeans (1:15-17)
Like the Lord Himself, Habakkuk was also familiar with the sins & violence of the Chaldeans.  The reputation of Babylon had spread at least a bit by this point.  The Babylonians were the ones who captured others & sacrificed to their pagan gods (1:16).  They were the ones who had no pity upon the nations they conquered (1:17).  Again, how could God use such a people?  Would God use such a people?

Of course, the answer is “yes.”  God already declared that He would use the Chaldeans – in fact, He was already in the process of using them.  He was currently “raising” them up (1:6).  How could God do it?  Because He’s God.

  • God is God & we’re not.  That’s something that is affirmed throughout the Bible, and specifically here in Habakkuk.  God has the right to do what He wants to do simply because He’s God.  And because God is doing it, we need to trust that it is indeed the right thing for Him to do.  Can we see the end from the beginning?  Can we know the thoughts of 6 billion+ people on the planet?  Were we at the creation of the world, and already foreseeing the creation of the new heavens & new earth?  These things are the realm of God.  He knows what needs to be done, and He has the power to do it.  We simply need to trust that He knows what He’s doing.

Waiting for God’s answer (2:1)
We mentioned earlier that Habakkuk had a humble heart towards God, and that his questions were sincere; not rebellious or impertinent.  How can we know?  Just look at how Habakkuk himself addresses it.  Habakkuk 2:1, "(1) I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected." Habakkuk was ready for the answer – Habakkuk knew that he would be answered – Habakkuk was prepared to be corrected.  Not once is there an indication that Habakkuk is spouting off, demanding that God bend Himself to the will of the prophet.  Instead, Habakkuk honestly poured out his heart to the Lord, understanding that his own heart may be wicked & in need of correction.

God isn’t afraid of our questions.  God isn’t threatened by us or our lack of understanding.  If we have honest questions, we can take them to the Lord.  God knows our hearts, and He can see the difference between a hardened skeptic & a confused Christian.  It’s OK to take our questions to God; we just need to go with the humility and understanding we might be corrected along the way.  And that’s OK too…

God’s 2nd Answer
Instructions about the vision (2:2-3)
Habakkuk may have had a tough time believing God’s answer, but that didn’t make it any less important or true.  God wanted the prophet to write it down (perhaps an indication supporting Habakkuk as the actual author?) as a witness to the prophecy when it eventually came to pass.  The Babylonians would not be coming in the next few days or weeks – it would be years before it actually occurred, but it would indeed happen.  This vision was for “an appointed time” (2:3), and Habakkuk could be assured that “it will surely come.

BTW – all of God’s prophecies are that way.  We might now exactly when they will come, but we can be sure that they will come.  Not a single word revealed by God has been given in vain.  Not a single promise in the Bible will prove to be invalid.  Every single one will come to pass.  It may take time (just as we are waiting upon the rapture), but we can be certain that it will prove true.  Like Habakkuk, God has given us His written word as a testimony to it.

Summary of the vision (2:4)
If there’s any verse that is key to understanding God’s purposes in this strange situation, it’s this. Habakkuk 2:4, "(4) “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith." Did God know the sins of the Chaldeans?  Yes.  Did God know the sins of the Jews?  Yes.  God knew who was upright & who was not.  AND God knew who would live by faithfulness, steadily trusting God to be God.  Habakkuk would need to be firm in God’s person and promise if he was to go forward.  The prophet might not fully understand God’s ways, but he could still hold fast to God Himself.  The just man/woman needed to be grounded in God, and that would prove to be enough.

It’s from this very principle that Paul went to the logical conclusion in the New Testament.  As to the riches of the grace of God poured out upon the world through Jesus Christ, not all would understand.  But Paul himself was not ashamed of it.  To the contrary…it was something to proclaim from the rooftops!  Romans 1:16–17, "(16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”"

God’s righteous is revealed in faith.  It is only through faith that we experience the righteousness of God at all!  We have to hold to Him – hold fast to what He has done for us in Christ Jesus, and He is the one who makes us just in His sight.  The Jew cannot earn his righteousness any more than the Gentile can; it is only through faith that we are saved.  It is through faith that we are justified (made to be righteous) in the sight of God.

  • Are you living by faith?  Walking by faith?  Are you grounded in the hope & truth & gospel of Jesus Christ?  Hold firm to Him – He is the only hope we have!

Woe to the wicked (2:5-20)
Some scholars take this section not to be the words of God so much, but those of Habakkuk.  They think this to be a song of taunting towards the enemy.  To be sure, the Bible doesn’t always indicate when the prophets and God have changed voices – many times that has to be determined from the context.  In this case, without a direct indication that God has stopped speaking, and with so many other indicators throughout the book of who is speaking, it seems best to think of the following as the continued words of God.

  • The proud drunkard (2:5) – Technically, this continues the thought of vs. 4, in that both refer to the “proud man.”  The idea with this (and with all of the various following examples) is that God is fully aware of the sins of the Babylonians & rest of the world.  Here, they are described in their pride, never satisfied no matter how many nations and peoples they conquer.  Like a drunkard stumbling through the streets, so was the Babylonian empire stumbling through the Middle East.
  • The violent debtor (2:6-8) – The “proverb” is a taunt, declaring the woe of the Babylonians, as well as anyone who likewise fits the description.  The Chaldeans were like those accruing debt with every nation they conquered.  One day they would have to pay the piper (so to speak), and they would find themselves experiencing the same violence they once poured out upon others.  (Literally fulfilled by the Medes & Persians.)
  • The greedy liar (2:9-11) – Babylon built up its own empire through “shameful counsel,” always wanting more.  They would one day find their own house brought down to the dust.
  • The wicked conqueror (2:12-14) – The vast empire of Babylon would not be built by righteousness, but by violence and “iniquity.”  This may be allowed by God, but it was not condoned by Him.  They would have to answer to YHWH for their own sin.  Babylon may worship other gods of their own, but one day they would be judged by the One True Almighty God.  Habakkuk 2:14, "(14) For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, As the waters cover the sea."  Amen!  One day all peoples everywhere will know the glory of God!  Every knee will bow & every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • The scheming pervert (2:15-17).  This perhaps seems less directed at Babylon than it does wicked individuals who try to make other people drunk in order to take advantage of them.  Even so, it could still be symbolic language for how Babylon tried to lure people into a false sense of security before shaming them through violent bloodshed.  Once more, God makes His judgment known.  Those who take advantage of others will themselves have to answer to the One Righteous Judge.
  • The idolater (2:18-20).  At certain points in Judah’s history, these words could apply just as much to the Jews as to the Babylonians.  Trusting in idols was worthless.  Wood and stone could not answer prayer – only the One True God can speak, and His earthly home was the “holy temple” in Jerusalem.  All the earth was called to worship Him.

To summarize: God definitely planned to use the Chaldeans, but He was certainly aware of all of their own sins.  He knew them far better than Habakkuk, and yes – God would hold them to account.  God might use them, but He did not excuse them.  God would judge the Babylonians in His own time.  Until He did, Habakkuk would have to trust God by faith, knowing that God was doing what was right.

Habakkuk’s Prayer & Psalm
Response to the vision #1 (3:1-2)
God just laid a heavy vision on Habakkuk, and it would only be natural for him to be humbled in response…and he was.  The prophet had expected to be corrected by God, and that’s definitely what he experienced.  Not in a bad way, but lovingly – as God pointed the prophet’s attention back to God Himself.  Habakkuk responds describing his fear of the Lord, which is a good thing.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10), and that’s the foundation to which Habakkuk was brought.

  • Sometimes we need to be reminded of the terrible awesomeness of God, and that’s a good thing!  It helps us keep the right perspective and humility in our prayers. 

The glory of God (3:3-7)
At this point, Habakkuk poetically describes a vision he had of the Lord, seeing God in all of His glory come to earth.  “Mount Paran” likely describes an area around the Sinai wilderness, so perhaps Habakkuk’s vision saw God descend from Mt. Sinai in all His glory, just like God first revealed Himself to the children of Israel.  In any case, Habakkuk was completely overwhelmed as he saw this theophany (physical manifestation of God) with clouds of glory, flashes of lightning, power & pestilence.  The overwhelming presence of God “measured the earth…and startled the nations” (3:6) – the “hills bowed” before Him, and the people trembled. 

When did all of this take place?  It’s possible that Habakkuk is referring to both creation and the exodus of Israel from Egypt.  God truly went before His people with signs and wonders, and all the nations trembled at the news of how God acted on their behalf.  Of course, how the nations feared God in the past as He showed His power in the wilderness is also how they will act when Jesus returns in power and glory at His 2nd coming.  They will see His power & tremble!

The wrath & power of God (3:8-15)
More description is given of the power of God, referring perhaps to the dividing of the Red Sea & drying up of the Jordan River.  Just as Joshua saw the sun stand still, so did Habakkuk write of a similar event here.  At several points it becomes unclear if Habakkuk is writing of something that had taken place long ago, or something future that was already accomplished from a prophetic viewpoint.  Is this God’s work at creation – His wrath upon the Egyptians – or the awesome and fearful 2nd Coming of Christ?  Or all?  Whatever combination it is, Habakkuk truly got a glimpse of the glory and wrath and power of God, and it caused him to tremble…

Response to the vision #2 (3:16)
If Habakkuk was originally overwhelmed by the violence he witnessed in the land, and then by the confusion of God’s plan to deal with it, none of it held a candle to what he just witnessed of God in his vision!  Like Job who placed his hand over his own mouth after seeing the glory of God, so was Habakkuk silenced upon seeing God in action.  There were no more questions to ask because God’s power was more than he could handle.  God could be trusted to pour out His justice upon the Babylonians, simply because God is God.  Habakkuk might “tremble” within himself, but he would find his “rest” in God.

Song of assurance (3:17-19)
What did this renewed fear of the Lord do for Habakkuk?  It renewed his faith!  Habakkuk 3:17–18, "(17) Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— (18) Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."  That’s the opposite reaction we might expect.  After seeing all of the terrible glory of God, we’d expect Habakkuk to run for cover, but he didn’t.  Why?  Because THAT God was HIS God.  THAT God of power & wrath was the Covenant-keeping God of Israel.  The God who had that kind of power would surely keep every promise to His people.  There would be a remnant that survived the Babylonian onslaught.  It may look as if the “fig tree” of Israel had stopped blooming, but it wouldn’t be dead.  God had a plan & purpose for His people, and God was still at work.  Thus Habakkuk could “rejoice in the LORD…the God of my salvation!

So can we!  The God of our salvation is the One who strengthens us – who makes our feet like deer’s feet, able to walk anywhere He might lead us.  Our God has not abandoned us, no matter what He has allowed in our paths.  Our circumstances do not dictate our status with the Lord, be it as individuals or nations.  God is sovereign over all things, all peoples, all nations, at all times.  He is in control & He knows what He’s doing.  Our current suffering does not mean we stopped being loved by God.  That God uses pagans for His purposes does not mean He has abandoned His justice.  He has a plan, and it’s at work.

Beloved, trust the Almighty God!  Live by faith in Him.  Hold fast to Jesus, knowing that He is good to every promise He has made.  He will not leave us nor forsake us in this life.  He has not left us as orphans, but has given us the Holy Spirit.  He will come again to receive us to Himself that we will be where He is.  All of those promises (and more) are true, simply because they are made by God.  Trust Him to fulfill them, and that He is good to His word!


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