“Oh Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear me?”
Habakkuk Chapter One starts out with these words from a minor prophet.
And can’t we relate to these rantings? To the heart cry that calls to God with questionings in our hour of need?
But unlike other books beggings or pleadings God answers his questions immediately, point for point…not leaving him lost in despair.
- And can’t we be like Habakkuk in these three Chapters…alone in our secret place turning our hearts to God amidst the turmoil taking place in front of our very own eyes?
- Can’t we beg and plead when we look on the horrors and injustice, the fires and unnecessary shootings dragging our country down?
- And can’t we too question, “God, why? Where are you?”
Habbakkuk 2:4 tells us, “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by faith.”
And can’t we forget in our past seasons of abundance and blessings that the darker things are, the more we need faith to have eyes to see from His perspective, not ours?
“Shall Live” in scripture is the word, in Hebrew, “chayah”…
Chayah’s meaning is not just to survive or get by, but “to persevere, to flourish, to enjoy life, to live in happiness, to breathe, be alive, be animated, to recover health, and to live continuously.”
And can’t it be like we are gasping for air sometimes? Clawing at the wind for something we can see to hold onto?
When God says, “faith”. It is faith we must not just strive for, but live from…
Faith in a Sovereign God, knowing that He holds us in His hand, He in fact knows the plan for tomorrow when the whole world’s growing dim.
And friends, today, we can let go and trust Him. We can take our worry, our doubt, our fears, our insecurities and lay them at His feet.
I mean, let’s think about it….Has He ever failed us?
What struck me most about Habakkuk wasn’t His questioning God, or that God even answered Him. It wasn’t that hardships were taring at this world He lived in….
What gripped me most about these three small chapters was the ending, a small “yet” following a gripping telling of fruitlessness, judgement, and consequences heaped on by the God of justice.
There, at the end of Habakkuk’s long description of the depravity of man, Habakkuk says in 3:18, “yet”.
“Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord, I WILL joy in the God of my salvation.”
Joy being “gil” in Hebrew, meaning, “dancing, leaping, spinning around with intense emotion”.
And can you imagine, though land and churches are burning, though ISIS is torturing and crucifying children, though the government is tipping, and the scale of shifting can seem insurmountable at times…
Can’t you just see US dancing and leaping, spinning with intense emotion knowing, Yahweh is OUR God?
Scripture goes on in verse 19…
And though the world seems to be quicksand, Habakkuk knew what ground He was standing on, the Rock was His salvation. He had eyes of faith to see beyond what was going on all around Him.
And today friends, I want to know what your, “Yet”. is?
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to pinpoint the problems happening….but how much harder to cling to our “Yet”?
“But YET”….Habakkuk said, knowing He could rejoice.
And friends, today, we can rejoice too, regardless of our circumstances.
Is He your Lord? Is He your salvation? Is His Word completely truth? If so, today won’t you join me in dancing, spinning, delighting in Him like Habakkuk did so long ago!
Please know, my prayers are with you as you have read this. May you have faith to know and believe…Joy is coming..and things aren’t always as they seem.
(For extra reading, will you consider opening up scripture and breezing through the only three Chapters of Habakkuk? I promise it will encourage you!)
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