Hope you all had a blessed Easter. Would appreciate prayers for my mom, Gladys, having some problems with a leg wound. It’s not serious but could be. So far, ok. But just ok.
Have you ever felt hopeless? I am sure you have. Ever felt powerless? Yes, again. Ever felt like people and or circumstances have you in a corner or pickle? Sure! Well, in the Book of Habbakkuk in the Old Testament, in chapter 3:17-19, you will see somethings that will help.
Habakkuk was one of the so called Minor Prophets, not on the order of Isaiah or Jeremiah but nonetheless significant. He had a ministry during the last times of the Jewish nation of Judah before Babylon which is modern day Iraq, conquered. Judah just would not return to God and suffered the consequences. The Babylonians were an instrument of God to turn Judah back to God. It was a tough time for the nation and this wonderful prophet. This took place about 600 years before Jesus was born.
Knowing that God had given him this message, Habakkuk was pretty sad and hopeless. It was an awful feeling and yet, he wrote this, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior, the Sovereign ord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights.” Even if the crops all failed, the livestock died and everything he had, nonetheless he would, he resolved, trust God. Even if all of his things he depended on were wiped out, he resolved he would depend on God and trust Him.
Wow, that sounds overwhelming to us. But he displayed that kind of hope. He could do this because he fully trusted on God’s Word and promises. He was not a lot different than the famous King David who said in Psalm 18 that “The lord is my rock and my fortress and my strong deliverer, my God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.”
But Habakkuk also had spent much time with God in his life, he had had many conversations with God and knew His faithfulness and His love. Habakkuk did not understand it all, but He trusted God’s love. He knew he could count on God to do right by him and Judah. He knew God had a plan and was at work and would bring ultimate good out of all of it, no matter how things looked at the time. He trusted God and His Word. That is much what Paul said many centuries later in Romans 8:28 when he said, “All things work together for good to those who trust God and are called according to His purposes.”
We need to apply that as well. Christ is our hope. Psalm 71:5 says, “He is our hope, our trust and our confidence.” That is the way we should live. He brings us stability, too. In this world, we need an anchor. Jesus is that anchor. He is our hope and stability. He always has our best interests at heart. When we are absolutely worn thin, He will hold us up. Isaiah 40:29-31. When we are drained He gives us the energy and stamina, spiritually, to keep going. He gives us the power to stand. He always keeps His promises. So matter what you may be facing, cling to Him, trust Him and get to know His promises. He will keep every one for you. Habakkuk knew that. You can, too.