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I Quit Devotion Day Twenty Seven

Habakkuk 1:5

“Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn't believe even if someone told you about it.”

The news today is disheartening, desperate, and sad. It seems devoid of anything truly good, let alone Godly.  Everywhere you look there is tragedy and injustice, so much that many – even Christians – are asking, “Where is God in all of this mess?”

But today, while flipping through the channels, I stumbled onto the Christian Broadcasting Network. They were covering the aftermath of the big hurricane in the Philippines. I was ready change the channel – too much sad news can just be overwhelming – but I decided to stay on watch for a little bit more.

A story about a family whose baby was having trouble breathing came on. The parents knew help was on the way, but they were so desperate, they didn’t want to wait. They got on a motorcycle and flew toward the medical convoy.

When they neared the convoy, they found the medical professionals on the road, changing a flat tire that could have made them too late. They examined the baby right there on the side of the road, and found that the baby had pneumonia. The family received an antibiotic and additional medicine along with food for the way home. “Thank you for coming to help us out,” said the relieved parents. “Thank you for saving our baby”.

In the midst of tragedy, God is at work. He works every day through men and women who step out in faith and go wherever he calls. Had I not lingered on that station, I would have missed it. 

In that moment, I asked myself: am I looking for God? Have I stopped looking to see his mercy and grace at work? 

In Habakkuk 1:5, God asks us to, “Look around at the nations; look and be amazed!” Are we taking the time to really look at each nation?

Today, I challenge you to “Look around.” Try to see crises through God’s eyes, and look for the good that he is doing through the messes we make. We are privileged to see, to choose, and to go in our everyday lives. Instead of being overwhelmed with what life is throwing at you, choose to go and be a part of the amazing things that God is doing. Every day, lookto God and ask Him how you can do your part in making amazing things happen.

– Joanne

Joanne Webb is a mom of three, and she’s married to a faithful, hardworking husband. She’s blessed to be able to stay home and take care of her little ones, and she’s co-leading a Growth Group in Brooklyn this Fall.