This is my first time blogging but not my first time sharing my thoughts online, so I’ll get my feet wet by reposting something I have already sent out into the void. Don’t expect regular posts, because I honestly don’t know how often I will do this, but feel free to check in from time to time as you wish. Here goes…
“I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. 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.”
This verse really struck a chord in me tonight. This prophet was living in the turmoil of the sovereign Lord’s judgement of Israel’s sin. His land was being invaded by a fierce and ruthless enemy. He saw people murdered in the streets, buildings burn and crumple, the Temple sacked and plundered, people led off in chains. He witnessed the Lord’s permissive will being worked out in the life of the nation, and it rocked him to his core. calamity encircled him. And yet, with all this horror, he made a conscious decision to rejoice in and praise the Lord. Can you imagine feeling joy in the midst of this kind of experience? How is this possible? He found his identity in the Lord. “The LORD is my strength.” He recognized that God’s character does not change. “God my Savior.” There was no evidence of blessing or prosperity in Habakkuk’s life. The trees and vines and fields were devoid of sustenance, the livestock were not present, probably stolen or slaughtered by the enemy, but these circumstances– which they troubled his spirit for a time– did not alter the prophet’s outlook. “Yet will I rejoice IN the LORD, I will be joyful IN God my Savior.” Facts may change. We may go from being highly prosperous and successful one moment, and brought low the next. No matter our situation or its cause, the Truth has not changed, and that Truth is Christ. He has not changed and neither has His Word. It CANNOT change. Anchor yourself in this Truth today and walk with the Lord.
Habakkuk 2:1 reads “I will stand like a guard to watch and place myself at the tower. I will wait to see what he will say to me; I will wait to learn how God will answer my complaint.”
We must be on the lookout for a word from God. We cannot sit around twiddling our thumbs wondering why we haven’t heard anything yet. The watchmen on the tower were anything but idle. They were looking from one direction to the next, active in their search for the approach of both enemies and envoys, messengers of good news and bad. The prophets of that day had personal relationships with the Lord. They spoke with Him one-on-one. They sought after him and made Him their priority, not the last, not the third or second, or even first priority. God was their ONLY priority because they knew that without Him, nothing else mattered.
When you’re in the middle of an enemy invasion, when destruction encircles you and fear grips your heart, when your lips quiver, your legs tremble, and it seems like your very bones are decaying within you, look for the Lord. Praise Him and make the decision to have joy. Only we can forfeit our joy, it cannot be stolen from us. When your blessing seems dried up and dead, remember who God is and what His word says and stand on that Truth. Seek His will and He will answer your complaint.