The Word of the Lord through Habakkuk occupies only three chapters in the Bible, and is nicely tucked into the last portion of the Old Testament. It begins as a dialogue between the Lord and the prophet, as Habakkuk wonders of God's allowance of the enemy's victory over His people. How could the Lord look upon evil and allow it?
Do we not wonder from time to time as the prophet did? The Lord could easily speak a word and our enemies would flee. He could breathe upon us, and our trials would cease. He could step into the situation, and immediately everything would be better. Why doesn't he? Why does He sometimes look upon evil...and allow it? Why does he sometimes look upon our struggle and not ease it?
Just as Habakkuk discovered in his conversation with the Lord, the Lord's ways are extremely higher than ours. It is our responsibility to trust Him, rather than try and make Him explain why He does and doesn't do certain things.
So we come to the prophet's conclusion in the last three verses, and I pray that it is the same conclusion that you come to today...
"Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls - yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength. He will make my feet like deer's feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills."
I urge you to glance at your surroundings, then gaze into the Word of God. I challenge you to realize the attacks of the enemy, and then recognize the victory for which you are being set up by your God. I dare you to admit that you don't get why God does and doesn't do some things, and then just rejoice in Him.
No matter the circumstances, He is always God. I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Father, to rejoice is a choice, and I choose to rejoice in You. I choose to not be convinced to give into what I see, but convicted to press on to the truth that I know. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Habbakuk 1-3, Philippians 4:4