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From Bobby Joe

I think one of the most beautiful scenic routes in Kentucky, is the drive from Corbin to Williamsburg on Highway 25 W.  Especially this spring with all the rain, everything has such a beautiful deep green color.

As pretty as that trip is, recently I traveled that road and it was not so pleasant. I encountered a tremendous storm. The rain was beating down so hard, it made it impossible to see the road. I was confused and frustrated as I could not find a place to pull over, neither could  I continue because I could not see the road. There was a lot of uncertainty about what was ahead of me.

As I have since thought about that experience, it has brought me to some conclusions about life.  When we face the “storms of life” there is a lot of confusion. One of the greatest examples of this is in the book of Habakkuk located in the Old Testament.  Habakkuk was a prophet of God, and could not understand how God could use the Babylonians, who were a wicked people, to destroy Judah. Habakkuk cried out to God and asked, “How long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear, even cry out unto thee of violence and thou wilt not save.”   Habakkuk was confused and frustrated as he looked at the storms of life.

Then a most interesting thing happened!! God allowed him to look beyond the storm, and when he did, he found peace and contentment. I believe the same is true for your life and my life. When  we look at the storms in life, they indeed bring confusion. But, when we wait on God as  Habakkuk was told to do,  we find peace. God told Habakkuk to “wait for it, and it would come.”

How did Habakkuk do that, and how are we to do that?  “The just shall live by faith.” That is what God told Habakkuk.  That is the centerpiece of the whole book of Habakkuk, the just shall live by faith. The question that come for you and me is, “whose faith are we living by”   Trusting in my own abilities and  desires, or God’s.  When Habakkus trusted God by faith, God allowed him to look beyond the storm. 

What I have found in my experiences in life is, pull over, wait on God, and keep trusting.