We read over and over in portions of scripture how the children of Israel would come back to God for a little while, but then go back to their ungodly ways. As parents we have all been through times when our kids were like perfect angels, and then out of nowhere things would change and we were left shaking our heads saying "What happened?" My heart has gone out to our Papa God thinking of the sorrow in His heart as He deals with disobedience, rebellion and outright turning away from His glory and majesty.
In the midst of this, the prophet Habakkuk writes a beautiful psalm of praise in which he says he will wait patiently for the vengeance of God to punish Judah's oppressors. He talks about how he remembers all the things that God has done for the people. He talked about the time that the sun and the moon stood still in the heavens causing the children to win their battle against a much greater army.
"You came out to deliver your kids and save your anointed one!"
My commentary talks about how the Lord's acts of vengeance against the nations will comfort His people, because those acts would lead to Israel's salvation. 2 Thess 1:7 "But we were gentle among you as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you have become dear to us."
So just like God never gives up on us, we just keep on loving, keep on praying for the situations in life that surround us. God will never give up on us, and we will never give up on the ones close to our hearts. I thought how much God cares about people, and feeling like the reason He didn't heal my heart, but instead let me go through the surgery, was for a divine purpose.
The first nurse who took care of me after my surgery told me she had just given her life to God. I was able to give her "Angels on Assignment" and tell her about the bible study coming up. "I need this so much!," she said and felt like this was definitely a divine assignment. Today I started my cardiac care therapy, and I met so many women who I will get to know over the next 12 weeks. These are people I would never have met if I hadn't had surgery. Like Esther I can say"Lord, for such a time as this you have brought me to this place. Please join me in prayer that I can carry out this divine assignment in His wisdom glory and power!