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Day Twenty Four

Habakkuk 3:16 (ESV)
I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.
The prophecy of Habakkuk is probably set in time just before the Babylonian Empire strikes down Judah and literally everything in its path around 600 B.C. The third chapter is a prayer where Habakkuk is fully aware of the coming devastation and the realization there is nothing he can do about it.
Verse 16 exemplifies this as he describes his fear and in the midst of that fear there is a quiet calmness that comes in his faithfulness to God. Death is the common thread for us all which may come expectantly or suddenly. The Christian may be anxious or fear death for a multitude of reasons and yet have a calmness in their trust in the Lord. Christians who lose loved ones may mourn and grieve deeply and yet have an unexplainable peace and hope that comes from faith in the Lord.
John 3:16 serves as a major source of that peace and hope, even in the face of death.
Have you ever felt despair or fear of something coming in life? What happened?
Where did you find God in the midst of that event?
Buy a newspaper, check online or watch the news and write down people who are caught in the midst of life crashing in on them and add them to your prayers.