Habakkuk 3:17-18 "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."
June 3, 2010
Countless people around Atlanta are going through hard times. Jobs have been lost, homes have been lost, and prices have increased. Some people are trying to figure out how to support their kids at home for the summer without school breakfast or lunch.
In the book of Habakkuk, we find that in Chapter 1, Habakkuk was crying out to God. In verse 2 he said, “How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” Some people are feeling that way right now. It’s as if God has stopped listening or does not hear us when we call out. Habakkuk asked the question:why do wicked people prevail?
As we lose things around us, we begin to wonder why cold-hearted and ruthless people continue to have prosperity.
God answered Habakkuk regarding both of his complaints. God assured Habakkuk that consequences await those who have been wicked. In the end, Habakkuk praised and prayed to God for reassuring him that his concerns were handled.
We can take away from Habakkuk’s experience that God does hear us and he answers our complaints. He has a plan in motion before we even ask any questions. In the end, we can feel comfortable and trust that God is already handling our situation. Our prayer in verse 17-18 might sound something like this:
Though the rent is not paid, and no money is coming in, though the electric is off, and the food has spoiled, though the car gas tank is on empty, and no transportation in sight, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God, my Savior.
Rejoice in the Lord and praise him in advance for the plan he already has to work out our situations.