Worship Even When Suffering Is Right Before Your Eyes   Leave a comment

This post will be quick… mostly because I have class in ten minutes.

Habakkuk, the prophet, says in 3:16 that he is “quietly [waiting] for the day of distress, for the people to arise who will invade us.” And his next words? They can either be considered words of the delusional or some of the most faith-building words you will read.

“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olives should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

You can either consider the man a lunatic or you can consider him a man of great faith. Yet… if his faith is blind… he’s a lunatic. Really? You’re getting ready to get destroyed and you’re gonna “exult” and you’re gonna “rejoice”?

But his faith is not blind… and this is where it is faith-building for those who have put their hope in Yahweh. Read 3:13 because no matter what happens in 3:16, Habakkuk can still have faith that 3:13 is going to happen. That is the same faith that we can have… though all around us crumble, we can rejoice in the God of our salvation who promises good to us and who promises us with an imperishable wreath and a treasure where neither moth nor rust destroy.

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Posted May 20, 2010 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

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