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Some men say, “Why?” and others say, “Why not?” Choose carefully those you want to hang out with!

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The greatest contentment you will ever experience comes with the knowledge that you are doing God’s will.

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The greatest men and women in history died without being able to solve all the world’s problems. You won’t be able to do it either!

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Don’t allow people to rob you of the joy of serving God.

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You are not going to change those neurotic people who seem to take great pleasure in dampening your joy. Keep your distance from them!

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I have come to believe we need to laugh more! We need to be around people who laugh. We need to stay away from those who don’t!

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HEADS OR HOODS?

Several years ago my wife and I were serving a church in a small community in Western Washington. The church was one block off the main street through town. Our home was between the church and the alley. Our bedroom window looked out across the alley to Main Street, the busiest one in town.

Late one night I was awakened from sleep. Something had disturbed me, but I didn’t know what. I lay quietly for a few moments and then realized I was hearing voices. It appeared as if someone was just outside our bedroom window having a discussion. I got out of bed and walked over to the window that looked towards the street. As I peered through the blinds I suddenly realized I was looking down at the top of three young heads—or maybe I should say “hoods.” They appeared to be young men in their upper teens and they were standing about 3-4 feet from the outside wall of our home, having a discussion. They were speaking quietly and I could not understand all they were saying, even though our window was open several inches. I soon realized they were discussing the building across the street which faced the Main Street and which housed a number of businesses, including a pharmacy.

My wife had awakened by this time and I touched my fingers to my lips in the dimly lit room, motioning for her to be quiet. As I looked back out the window one of the young men said, “Okay. I will be the lookout. I will signal you if anyone comes. Go do it!”

With that the other two fellows turned, walked out of the alley, and headed across the street. Both of them were looking back and forth, up and down the street, as if expecting “trouble” to be coming at any moment. They reached the sidewalk behind the closest building, and as I watched, took hold of a large garbage dumpster and pushed it over next to the building. By now I was thinking that trouble was coming!

You can read of “lookouts” in the Bible. Some of the lookouts were men who were stationed to be on watch for something, or someone. On other occasions the “lookout” was a tower or high mountain or piece of ground where watchmen were assigned. In the Old Testament Book of Habakkuk, as it is found written in the New Living Translation, we find the prophet is doing a bunch of complaining to God—and questioning Him. In chapter 2: I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.

And God does answer him. You can read about that in the verses that follow. But finally, the writer of this very short book of the Bible, closes it all with the following words: “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! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”

That is quite the remark for someone who was questioning God a short time earlier. It demonstrates a trust, even with the questions that seem to flood his mind. It is a good example for us!

Prayer: Father, no matter the questions I may have about life, and the challenges I am facing, help me to be like the prophet Habakkuk, and remain steadfast in my trust of You! You are my strength! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

 

Pastor Bill

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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