Habakkuk is a fascinating study. A prophet/priest of Judah was distraught with the state of his world, both within Judah and outside of Judah. Word of Babylon’s attack had been foretold and Habakkuk could not immediately reconcile why the Lord would utilize a pagan nation to bring judgment to the people of Abraham. And so Habakkuk expressed two complaints to God, and received two powerful responses, the second of which brought out an incredible prayer/song in Habakkuk 3. Habakkuk realized something profound: God’s plan is unstoppable. We can try to fight it, and lose rest and hope. Or we can accept it and rejoice despite the end result. Habakkuk not only accepted the reality of God’s sovereignty, even though it meant temporary hardship for Judah, but Habakkuk praised the Lord’s divine will, and position.
A sign of great spiritual maturity is to trust God despite the current, or pending, pain. This is durable faith. The ability to know calamity is coming, and still acknowledge that God is eternally great, and good. It is not always easy to submit to God’s way of handling earth’s affairs. But when we view God’s wisdom as superior to our own then we can finally begin to relinquish the worry and fear. Habakkuk came to find that the heavenly position is more informed, and enhanced, than man’s position. This is the ideal disposition for all of God’s followers.
Habakkuk 3:17b-18 “…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.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/2/2019)