The Game of Let’s Suppose

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Let’s Suppose

Do you often play the game Let’s Suppose?  It goes like this:  we imagine all the negative things that can possibly happen to us around a given set of circumstances in our lives.  “Suppose I lose my job.”  “Suppose I get cancer.”  “Suppose I lose my mind.”  “Suppose…” You get the idea.

The Hebrew prophet Habakkuk saw the events in his day as Babylonians came knocking on the front door of Jerusalem.  Let’s suppose, “the fig tree does not bud” (3:17).

Suppose, “There are no grapes on the vines.”

Suppose, “The olive crop fails.”

Suppose, “The fields produce no food.”

Suppose, “There are no sheep in the pen.”

Suppose, “There are no cattle in the stalls” (v.17).

How would you have responded to these “supposings” if they were taking place in your life?

Habakkuk did not have the solution, so he confidently handed them over to the Lord.  He was confident of the unchanging attributes of God. “God comes from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His splendor covers the heavens, and the earth is full of His praise. His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power. Before Him goes pestilence, and plague comes after Him. He stood and surveyed the earth; He looked and startled the nations. Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered, the ancient hills collapsed. His ways are everlasting” (Habakkuk 3:3-6, NASB 1995).

Habakkuk was saying in effect, “Let’s suppose the LORD God is greater than all of these other “supposings” of the storm of life.”

The prophet summarized his conclusions with these words.  “The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer.  He enables me to go on the heights” (v. 19, NIV).

Yeh, but God…

But let’s suppose that the Bible really is the inspired, inerrant Word of God.

But let’s suppose that what God has revealed about Himself is absolute truth.

But let’s suppose the LORD God is the sovereign One over the events of the world.

But let’s suppose He did create the heavens and the earth.

But let’s suppose Jesus is the God incarnate, God with us.

But let’s suppose He did come to this earth and live a perfect life according to the righteousness of God.

But let’s suppose Christ died for our sins as a divine substitute on the cross paying the debt for all our sins.

But let’s suppose God justifies the sinner who believes on Jesus Christ as his Savior.

But let us suppose that the eternal God is our refuge, our shield and our strength, and all other philosophies of religion and humanism are false and useless.

Therefore, let every knee bow, of those in heaven and earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father.

The next time you are inclined to play Let’s Suppose, turn the tables in your mind, and walk by faith trusting in the LORD God to enable you to see your circumstances from His perspective.

  

Selah!


Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.

 

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