Wisdom from Habakkuk

I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.

Habakkuk 3:16-19

The first section shows Habakkuk deciding against his overwhelming feelings of fear to quietly wait on the fulfillment of God’s promises. This does not reflect his personality type but his faith.

The second section shows Habakkuk deciding against his bleak, hopeless circumstances to rejoice in the Lord. Habakkuk’s circumstances do not change during the book. This second choice does not reflect Habakkuk’s grit and determination but his faith.

How can Habakkuk do this? The third section tells us that it is because of his God-centered worldview.  God is his strength and his salvation; even if his feelings don’t agree or his circumstances contradict.

We are tempted as Christians to underestimate the resources that God has provided us in Christ. Peter tells us that

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,” 2 Peter 1:3.

And this is underscored in the promise implied by Paul in

Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

He is not talking here about a bigger house, or a new car. That is not the meaning of “all things.” Paul is referring to the “all things” from Peter; i.e., that pertain to life and godliness. And these “all things” include the faith to be able to decide against our feelings when they do not line up with truth, and to quietly wait on God. And they include the faith to be able to decide against our circumstances when they seem to contradict God’s promises, and to rejoice in the Lord who is the God of strength and our salvation.

Be encouraged and be strong in the Lord!

  1. #1 by Jim Boger on February 19, 2012 - 2:54 pm

    Brian: Thanks again for visiting us with Gay. It was a real blessing to see you. I trust things are going well with you and your family can find joy and peace. Are you familiar with the movie:(Courageous)? It is a Christian movie about the relationship between fathers and sons. I believe it would be worthwhile for the fathers and sons in the Moreno Valley to see. It is available on CD. Several churches in the Granbury area have shown it. Do you think this would be something AFBC would want to do as community outreach? God Bless, Jim

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