A Man of Faith

“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the field of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.  The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” 3:17-19

Habakkuk was a prophet that from what I researched there was little known about.  Three things are apparent; one, he loved his people, two he was distressed over Judah’s sin and three, he did not agree with God’s plan for the punishment of that sin.

The first two chapters basically consist of a conversation between Habakkuk and God.  Habakkuk could not understand why God had waited to punish Judah for their sin and why He would punish them by using the Babylonians.  But by the end of chapter two, Habakkuk realizes that God is the one who deals with evil.  He deals with it in His own way and on His own time frame. God is totally in control.

In chapter three, Habakkuk humbly sings a song of praise to God that ends on a crescendo with verses 17-19.  These verses hold a special place in my heart for two reasons.  The first is because they were some of my past mentors favorites at the end of her life and also because they were some of the verses Holly and Michael had printed in their wedding program.  These verses are a beautiful picture of where our inner peace comes from and how we are to endure the hardships of life that inevitably come our way.  We cannot place our trust in external things and achieve inner peace.  Our joy must come from a man, Jesus Christ.  God has the ability to take us joyfully through our hard times of barrenness, emptiness and hopelessness.  He is the one that can make us spring like a deer out of the valley and to the top of the mountain.  This quote from Sidlow Baxter in Explore The Book  sums it up,

“I will jump for joy in the Lord; I will spin around for delight in God”

He goes on to say,

“this is the hilarity of faith!—joy at its best with circumstances at their worst!  What a victory!  May it be ours!”

When we feel overwhelmed as wives, mothers, or from life in general we need to remember that if we hide ourselves under God’s protection then He is the one that is covering us and whatever circumstances are burdening us.  So in essence, God is on top, I am under Him and my troubles are below us both.  When I feel overwhelmed, fearful, extremely scared or that I cannot make it through a bad situation, I must re-focus and remember that God is my shield and protector.  He turns my fear to faith.  If I want to be joyous, secure and content, I must live by faith.  As it says in 1John 5:4,

“ For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.”

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christy
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 06:11:52

    Oh how I long to be in this constant state of joy and trust…it takes me remembering, good friends preaching truth, and the Holy Spirit’s faithful nudge to show me where I stray from complete dependence on Him. THANKS! 🙂

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  2. Linda Sha
    May 04, 2011 @ 18:51:49

    Gini,
    Habakkuk 3:17-19 – I also love this Bible verse, it has been our Care groups bible verse for fifteen years. Also, Hubakkuk means ardent embrace
    and we carry that over to our Premarital Counseling. The guys shake hands the first night that we meet….after that we do the hugs!!! Love your blog…blessings.
    Linda

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