I wanted to reference Habakkuk in our Saturday prayer. Paul is reverberating the message of Habakkuk in Chapters 1 and 2 of his letter to the Roman church. And it is a powerful message. We can be tempted to want God to be our puppet. We pull the strings and bounce him to our every whim. But he is no puppet. In fact, he calls us to have faith. Do not worry when you are surrounded on every side, because God is working and will continue to work until the Day of the Lord.
2 Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. 3 God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Habakkuk 2:2-3
YOU are the mighty creator who paints the greatness of your name through the vast cosmos. The earth trembles at the movement of YOUR hand. The rulers of this world were appointed by YOU and they have nothing that YOU have not given. Lend to us a faithful heart as we see evil surrounding us. It closes in on every side, but YOU have given us a great light of hope. Give us courage. Make us brave. Give us faith that YOU are working to establish YOUR great name, destroy YOUR enemies and exalt those who live by faith. Through the work and name of Jesus Christ we approach YOUR mighty throne.