The prophet Habakkuk also struggled with the question of “Where is God?” in the midst of his trying circumstances. He felt, at times, like his world was falling apart around him.
After reading Habakkuk several times, I can’t imagine what he went through.
But, rather than giving in to the despair that so easily accompanies life’s great difficulties, Habakkuk made a life-altering decision. He decided that, though he didn’t understand what God was up to, he was going to trust Him through it all.
Habakkuk’s proclamation and affirmation of trust is a reminder to me that God is at work in all things, whether it is fully apparent or not. He is at work all around us, accomplishing his grand purposes for our lives.
Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like God is at work, but He is there and He knows exactly what He is doing.
Here’s what Habakkuk wrote, hundreds of years ago, and it’s what I am clinging on to today:
“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” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Sometimes the fig tree buds, the vines are full of grapes, the olive crop is rich, the fields produce great grain, and the sheep and cattle are abundant.
At other times, our hard work is met with failure and the fields produce no food.
But, AT ALL TIMES, God is in control.
Though, at times, I can’t rejoice in what I’m experiencing, I can always rejoice in the LORD; I can always be joyful in God, my Savior (“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in every circumstance for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” – 1 Thess. 5:16-18).
A very good friend encouraged me today with God’s heart for me:
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32, ESV)
God takes pleasure in giving me His kingdom. I am a co-heir with Christ. What do I have to fear?
Take heart, my soul,
and fears take flight!
God works in you
to please His sight.
Nothing to fret
Nothing to fear
As long as God
My God, is near
I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be joyful in God, my Savior. It is His good pleasure to give me the kingdom, and I will trust in Him.