From spiritual sauce to wine of joy

One of my favorite books of the Bible is Habakkuk. Not so obvious, I realize, but it is because of a song I often sang in primary school. And although my memory regularly fails me, I still know exactly by heart almost all the psalms and songs that I learned during my childhood. This also applies to the rendition of Habakkuk’s song, which contains that beautiful sentence: ‘ Though the fig tree does not blossom, nor does the vine produce any produce, yet my cup will overflow, for Jesus gives me the wine of joy’ . I love wine, but wine of joy sounds totally appealing… But we see JesusBut we see Jesus ‘ is the theme of the Pentecost conference that is just around the corner. The website states: in the midst of everything, despite everything and through everything, we see Jesus. That reminded me of Habakkuk and his wine of joy. However, the book of the Bible does not start very joyfully. Unlike other prophets, Habakkuk does not address the people of Israel, but to God. Basically it means that he doesn’t understand how God deals with the terrible circumstances. And that makes this book surprisingly current. Because I don’t know about you, but when I look at the injustice in our time, I don’t understand at all what God allows. Poverty, hunger, slavery, abuse, war, loneliness. So much brokenness, far away and close. I cry when I read about it, see it on TV or encounter it in my own everyday life. Follow without questions Questioning God is not something I have learned in my life. The focus was precisely on ‘teach me to follow without questions, Father what You do is good’ . But although I know intellectually that God has everything in His hand, that does not mean that I always feel and experience this confidence that way. I am increasingly discovering that expressing questions and complaints to God is very Biblical and that God has no problem with that. I even think we should do it more often instead of immediately covering everything with a spiritual sauce. Hide and seek Within our community we have a cute three year old girl. When she plays hide and seek, she lies on her stomach, with her hands over her eyes, on the trampoline. In the firm belief that we will not see her. We always have a good laugh about that. But she also became a mirror for me. Because wouldn’t I do it myself if I covered my questions and complaint? As if God doesn’t see them…View Let’s stop playing spiritual hide and seek and follow Habakkuk’s example. God is not surprised by his questions and complaints. He gives an explanation and if Habakkuk still does not understand, He ultimately paints a vision for him that makes Habakkuk realize that God loves the world more than we do and that He will one day deal with all evil. This deep knowledge makes him conclude with a song of praise from his heart in which he chooses to always continue to trust God, whatever the circumstances. Joy wine But we see Jesus… I think Habakkuk saw it. The hope of Jesus and His beautiful Kingdom. I wish it for you and me too. Deep, lived trust. Despite or perhaps because of our misunderstanding and all our circumstances. Away with the spiritual sauce and room for questioning so that God can direct our gaze to Him through everything and fill our cup with the wine of joy. Not half a cup, but an overflowing amount. Enough to share with the people around us. Such is our Jesus!

About Dieteke Visser

Moeder van drie schatten, onderwijs manager bij Royal Mission en daarnaast samen met haar man René actief voor de bloei van de wijken van Nederland met stichting R3NEW.

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