Today we read the prayer of Habakkuk, where he asks God to help the nation of Israel in their time of need. The Lord has told Habakkuk that the evil nation of Babylon is coming to conquer Israel as a punishment for their rebellion and disobedience.
Habakkuk praises the Lord for His “brilliant splendor” and “awesome power” (v. 3-4). He knows that ultimately while the coming judgment of Israel will be painful and miserable, the Lord will bring good from it.
He pleads with God, “in your anger, remember your mercy” (v. 2). Habakkuk remembered the mighty act of God to rescue the nation of Israel from the army of Pharaoh by parting the waters of the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross over into the wilderness while closing the waters on Pharaoh’s army. Habakkuk trusted that even though tough times were coming, the Lord would ultimately bring about good. He exclaims:
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength!” (v. 17-19)
What can we take from this? I see a clear connection:
Even though it may be hard to put food on the table, and there might be little money in your bank account, and you can’t find a good job, and the car broke down, will you rejoice in the Lord?
Throughout the Christmas season, we have talked about how Jesus brings us joy in the best of times and the toughest of times. Are you being joyful in the God of your salvation? The Sovereign Lord is your strength.
What are some ways you can show your joy in Christ today?
My prayer for you:
I pray that you would find joy in the Lord.
I pray that no matter what circumstances you are facing, you trust that God is working all things for your good and His glory.
I pray that you would find strength in your Sovereign Lord.
By: Lucas Taylor — Worship Ministry Intern