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This life can be overwhelming. We can be overwhelmed by situations in our personal lives, anxieties about the world we live in, or even worries about our futures. Sometimes things in this life work out exactly the way we plan, but sometimes our plans completely fall apart. Sometimes we feel at peace and sometimes we look around and wonder how we will ever make it to tomorrow. Life is full of ups, downs, twists, and turns, but how do we approach God through it all?

Habakkuk was a prophet of the Lord that wrote a book in the Bible. Habakkuk’s book is a three-chapter conversation between him and God. Habakkuk’s prayers to God were full of fear because everywhere he looked, he saw destruction and violence. Habakkuk cried out to God asking Him why he had to watch and face so much misery. He asked God how long did he have to call for help before God intervened. How many times have we felt like Habakkuk? How many times have we seen violence or destruction in our lives and world? How many times have we asked God how long will we have to cry for help before He intervenes?

Throughout Habakkuk’s conversation with God, the Lord revealed to Habakkuk that there would be hard times, but that He had a plan. The Lord explained to Habakkuk that even when God’s plan seems slow in coming, he must wait patiently because it will surely take place and it will not be delayed (Habakkuk 2:3). Sometimes we can approach situations in life like Habakkuk. We can see destruction and immediately begin to fear. We cry out to God and feel as if He isn’t going to show up in time. We feel overwhelmed by this life and begin to question God’s timing and plans; however, we must trust in the Lord. We must believe in His plan and His timing. Just like God promised to Habakkuk, He promises to us that, if we wait patiently, His plan will SURELY take place and it will NOT be delayed.

In whatever we face throughout this life, we must trust and believe in God’s plans and timing. In Habakkuk’s prayer, he explained, “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!” Even though all Habakkuk saw was destruction and he had nothing left, he chose to rejoice in the Lord. He chose to be joyful in the God of his salvation because he knew that the Lord was his strength (Habakkuk 3:18-19).

Even though we face hard times, He is there. Even though all we see is destruction or failure, God is in control. Even though we see no solution and we are overwhelmed by our situation, God has a plan. Even though we feel like we will never obtain our victory or our callings, God has a perfect timing. We must wait patiently on the Lord because His plan for our lives will surely take place. We must be joyful because Jesus died on the cross for our salvation and we are strengthened because the joy of the Lord is our strength. Even though life is overwhelming at times, yet we will rejoice in the Lord.

about sarah

Sarah Barnhill, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!

Ruth’s Renderings

After the death of her husband, Ruth was still in her prime.

Young, of good reputation, and with no children. What a promising future awaited her! It was time to find a husband, be fruitful, and enjoy a life of provision while she still had the potential.

From a logical standpoint, Moab was the best place to have a bright and successful future. She was raised in this land, knew the people, and was familiar with the lifestyle. Going to another land where she knew no one, was not familiar with the customs, culture, or faith was absurd! How was she to find a good man? How was she to fit-in and become favored in the eyes of the Israelites? Not to mention, Bethlehem was not an easy journey through the desert and over the river Arnon.

How many times have we tried taking our future into our own hands? We have plans, dreams, and inspirations of exactly what we want to be. We have already mapped it out in our minds the steps we will take to get to that picture-perfect resolute “arrival”.

It isn’t until we surrender and hand the reins to God that we get the life we deserve. Ruth probably could’ve had a comfortable life in Moab. She could’ve married a handsome young Moabite man and made a life for herself. But, there was something in Ruth that knew a life surrendered unto this God she yet did not know, would be better than anything she could conjure for herself.

I’m sure there were times that Ruth had her doubts. She had a discouraged, depressed, and hopeless mother-in-law. Naomi didn’t even have the confidence to be welcomed back into her homeland. So how was Ruth to feel? But, Ruth had devoted herself to Naomi and did her best in lifting her spirits and being her strength. Once settled in Bethlehem, their living conditions weren’t ideal. Ruth had to go into the fields after the reapers and collect the left-over barely to feed Naomi and herself.

Ruth had every right at this point to throw her hands up and yell, “I’m out of here! Why’d I come here in the first place?!” But yet, there was still an assurance within that she was where she needed to be. It didn’t look like a fairy tale story at the moment, but this was the best life.

Ruth stayed committed and surrendered to the Lord, and he brought her a man of more value and worth than any prized Moabite! On top of being very wealthy and successful, Boaz was a selfless and kind man. He provided for Ruth before even knowing her. He shared what was his and welcomed her to his table. He respected her and accepted her when she performed the ritual of submission. He did things properly and right before he took her as wife, being a God-fearing man. Boaz was beyond Ruth’s dreams for herself.

Ruth now had a wonderful husband, provisions and comfort, and a son that would be the blood line to Jesus Christ. This was the life God had given her because she surrendered her wants, control, and plans unto Him.

Ruth 3:12 “The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.”

These were the loving words of Boaz unto Ruth. God sees your submission and faithfulness to Him. You will be rewarded if you simply trust in Him, let Him lead, and let Him do the rendering.

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Charity Huba is a 23 year old Floridian, fond of the State’s hot summers and tropical beauty. She is a leader in youth ministry, music ministry, and Sunday school. She has her degree in Political Science and works for the government in the Division of Elections. She adores quality time with her loved ones, musicals, and moon-lit nights.