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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.

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About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on March 5, 2012, in Christianity, Life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thank you for reminding me of Habakkuk. I stumbled upon this post at just the right time in my life. I too have been struggling with praising God in my trials and keeping my eyes focused on Him and the things unseen rather than my problems. But the more I seek His face the more of Him I see. While I am still in the midst of many trials I know that God is with me in the highs and the lows and sorrow and joy are both a part of His plan. His ways are higher than my ways and His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I will continue to trust in Him to bring me through to victory in every area of my life. Remember that while we may not know God’s flight plan for our journey we do know the destination: victory. God bless.

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