A Minor Prophet with a Major Message
The other day I asked my beautiful fiancé if she would like to write a post for my blog. I thought it would be nice to have a woman’s perspective and this is the product of that conversation. I thank Becky for writing this and I pray that it is encouraging to those who read it.
Habakkuk is one of the Minor Prophets found almost at the end of the Old Testament. We are not exactly sure who Habakkuk was other than that he is described as a prophet in verse 1 in the book attributed to him. Chapters 1 and 2 describe Habakkuk’s compliant before God and God responding to his compliant. Chapter 3 is written as a psalm or prayer to the Lord and gives a description of his Divine judgment on the people of God. It ends with these verses:
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails,
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to go on the heights -Habakkuk 3:17-19
Verses 17 and 18 describes the nightmare of an agricultural society. There are no crops, no produce, and no animals. One would think the natural emotional response to a scene like this would be defeat and anger toward God, but that is not the response of Habakkuk. His response is joy in the LORD and confidence that the LORD will carry him through and give him the strength to go on. Habakkuk had faith in the LORD and in His plan for Habakkuk’s life. He was able to rejoice in his suffering and live holding onto the promise of God’s strength.
If we apply this passage to our own lives, we are faced with the question, Do I have enough faith to rejoice in my trials and trust that the LORD will give me strength to go on? I am certainly not a farmer and I am not worried about crops or cattle, but there are definitely things I worry about every day. Could this be true in my life?
Though I don’t know what’s ahead
or where to turn next,
though there seems to be no job prospects
and the no’s look overwhelming,
though the bills start piling up
and I don’t know how to pay them;
‘yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
will be joyful in God my Savior’
We could change the first lines to fit any trial that may come our ways, but will those last lines hold true? That is the hard question.
I will be the first to admit that these verses are not a reflection of my life. I am a worrier. I have a tendency to stress out about every little detail and continue to do so until I have it all figured out. I love to have my ducks all in a row and to know exactly what’s coming next. Unfortunately, this is not a reality in my life at the moment. There are a lot of unknowns in my future and I do not like that feeling. And there are many days were I am not rejoicing in this trial. Instead of being joyful in my God, I am instead worried and stressed out and scared. Instead of having faith that God will work everything out for my good, I am trying desperately to figure out all the details by myself. But that plan is not working very well. When I stop and reflect on what I am doing I realize I need to focus on God instead of my problems. I need to have faith that He is at work in my life. I need to “rejoice in the LORD” and be “joyful in God my Savior,” because I know that “the Sovereign LORD is my strength, he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”
Whatever trials may be a part of your life at this moment, stop and remember to have faith in the LORD. Rejoice in him and trust that he will give you the strength to overcome your trial.
Thanks for reading.