By: Lou Yeboah
Listen, I understand, but “Cruisin Down the Street in Your Six-Fo; Smokin Indo, Sippin on Gin and Juice” ain’t gonna make it better. I know we live in a world that has gone plum crazy, but the Bible tells us that when these things begins to happen not to be surprise but to believe that we are living in the last days. For there will be perilous times; lawlessness, men shall be lovers of their ownselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [2 Timothy chapter 3]… and it can be painful at times so much so that as we go through life trying to ease the pain gravitating towards things that we think will make us feel better. And it’s nature for us to do so. But the reality of it all is after all that cruisin, smokin and sippin… within a matter of a few hours or few days we must return to the reality of our hectic, chaotic world. The challenge before us all then is to keep “Hope” alive in spite of… That means, “hoping” when things are hopeless. You see as long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that ‘Hope’ begins to be a strength.” [Romans 8:24-25].
Besides, the Bible does not promise the absence of trials, freedom from persecution, or even protection from violent death. It promises peace and joy in the midst of such trials as we rely on the Lord and His promises. If we can share our burdens with the Lord and trust a God who loves us beyond measure, then we will find peace in the midst of chaos, peace that passes all understanding. Remember, that nothing can happen without God’s permission! When chaos appears, He is still in charge. When things start falling apart, He is still in charge. He is an expert at bringing good out of every bad situation. He will use any circumstance to fulfill his purpose. Search the scriptures and you will see. You know, the prophet Isaiah [Isaiah 9:1-7] foreseen great things happening for the people. In verse four he says that the “rod of their oppressors” will be broken. The next verse talks about the end of conflict and war. At the end of his message, Isaiah reveals how all of this will take place. He says, “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Our hope is not in “movers or shakers,” nor in our connections. Rather, it is God’s presence in our lives and in our world that makes the difference.
Study the life of Job and his experiences. And remember Satan, himself, is shown to be limited only to what God gives him ‘permission’ to do [Job 1:6,12; 2:6]. So whatever circumstances we may find ourselves in, God not only allowed it, but also engineered it for His divine purpose. If we only grasp this truth and comprehend that fact, we will stop worrying about a lot of things because absolutely nothing happens without God’s permission.
You know in [Habakkuk chapter 2] Habakkuk found himself standing in the midst of an absolute dilemma. He was afraid. He was afraid for himself, he was afraid for Israel. He couldn’t seem to justify and rectify all the parts of the situation, but he understood that God who allowed the situation is always right. He’s caught in a dilemma, but he does not ask for deliverance, he does not ask for personal escape, he does not ask for ease, he does not pray that God should spare Israel, he doesn’t even pray that there would be no victory for the Chaldeans and that they would lose the battle, he doesn’t pray that Jerusalem wouldn’t be sacked, he doesn’t pray any of these things because he knows in view of the kind of God that God is, God must judge. He doesn’t even bother with those things. What he does pray is this: that God will do His work and that God will have His way…. What a tremendous prayer. He knows how to pray. He knows what to pray for. He’s not praying selfishly; he’s not praying biased in favor of his flesh or his people. He is praying singularly that God’s work come to fulfillment.
I tell you when we can arrive at that kind of position in prayer we have arrived. When we can look at the problems around us and the problems in our life and the problems in our world and say, “God I don’t care about those things, all I care about God, that you be glorified.” What a tremendous, tremendous prayer. Habakkuk had one thought in his mind and that was that God receive the due glory for doing His work. He says, God, if you’ve got to do it that way, I want you to do it, revive your work in the midst of the years. His one desire was that things be right according to God’s plan, not comfortable according to his desires. Not peaceful, not easy, not happy, just right like God would have them. He wanted things to be the way God wanted them, and if you want a New Testament equivalent to that kind of a prayer, you’ll find it in the prayer commonly called the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy kingdom come.”
Habakkuk had made a fantastic transformation from fear to fate. He started out shaking like a leaf in Chapter 1, but he come to the consciousness of faith in a God that he knows is doing right. Our prayer ought to sound something like Habakkuk’s. We ought to be praying daily God be glorified in my life. God be glorified in my church. God be glorified in this world. That should be the cry and the prayer on the heart of every believer. Habakkuk had the right perspective. He had first things first. What really mattered to him were not the circumstances in the world around him, or his problems, although there were unbelievably bleak. The thing that really mattered to him was that God receive the glory. And that ought to be the thing that matters number one to us. Our concern should be the things of God that God’s work is coming to its fulfillment. What a tremendous lesson here. What can a person do in a state of human weakness? What can you do when you’re faced with all sorts of problems? Habakkuk said,” I’m going to stand here and love God and just keep on loving Him and praising Him no matter what happens.” Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.”
Unless we see the big picture of what God is doing through the difficulties of life, the suffering, the pain, the iniquities, the injustices of life, we will miss the profound and foundational truth that God is using all of it for our ultimate good and His glory. “Praise God Anyhow!”
Excerpts: [Snoop Dog – Gin and Juice] [Easy E – Crusin Down the Street in my 64]