Quick Word from Pastor John
Week 3 of 3 Through Habakkuk:
Today, I want to leave you all off with an encouraging message as we finish up this three week mini series we’ve done on Habakkuk. Next week there will be no blog. Instead, there will be the live stream we talked about with a Q&A session for you all. So get your questions ready! For today though, we’ve got a focus, we’ve got a passage, and we’ve got a Quick Word from Pastor John.
So far, if you remember, we’ve covered a series of Question and Answers between Habakkuk and God. Habakkuk started by questioning God’s seemingly inaction, then when God made His plan known to Habakkuk, the prophet questioned God’s action. Ultimately though, we left off last week with God calling Habakkuk to live by faith and trust God’s sovereign control over nations, powers, His people, and the earth. God was and is in control, so all Habakkuk needed to do was trust in that control. This served as a beautiful reminder for us to do the same.
Now, this week, in wrapping up this mini-blog series, I want to point you all to Habakkuk chapter three and verses 17-19 in particular. In these Verses, Habakkuk writes, “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.” See, throughout the previous chapters, and in the verses leading up to this point in chapter three, Habakkuk had seen God and came to the realization of just how in control He truly is in this life. He finally understood the power of God and recalled the works of His hand in the past in both the world and on behalf of His people. This is why he made this declaration in these verses. Notice what he is basically saying; “If everything goes wrong in Israel, for me, and for my people, I will still rejoice in the Lord and have faith in Him. He is the source of my strength and provision. So, even when things seem bad, I know He is faithful (Pastor John paraphrase).”
So here is my question for you today: Do you have this kind of faith in God and the works of His hand in your life? Look, I get, sometimes God seems distant and the circumstances we are going through seem to be the worst of the worst. Still, in these moments, we need to show the same faith the Habakkuk writes about in these verses. If the worst of the worst happens and everything is crumbling down around me, I will still rejoice in the Lord of my salvation, the author and finisher of my faith. Trust in Him no matter what!