Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk had grown weary of the tough times he was living in. He wanted to know how long this would continue. So he took his complaints to God. When would the injustice stop? Why hadn’t God answered his pleas for help?
God answered Habakkuk’s grievance. Yes, he was aware of what was going on, and yes, there would be justice, and it would come in His timing. Habbakuk’s complaints switched to words of praise, which is amazing because nothing had changed. There still wasn’t food in the fields or livestock or even buds on the fig trees.
Habakkuk wasn’t the first person in the Bible to face dire conditions. Joseph was unjustly tossed into prison (Genesis 39:20); Daniel was carried off to a foreign land (Daniel 1:1-6); and David was on the run because Saul wanted him dead (1 Samuel 23:7-14). How is it possible that these men could praise God in the midst of such trying situations?
They must have understood as Habbakuk finally did that joy is found in Jesus Christ alone. Situations change and people come in and out of lives, but Jesus is always with us, all the time, all the way.
Sounds like a great reason to rejoice doesn’t it?
From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.
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