Thursday, July 3, 2008

Habakkuk's Faith

At the end of his book, Habakkuk writes this hymn of faith . . .

Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls -
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The LORD God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer's feet, and He will make me walk on my high hill.
Habakkuk 3:17-19

Can we say, like the prophet Habakkuk, that we would still rejoice even if everything around us collapsed? All that we know as normal and predictable vanished? Would be still be committed to God? Would we still desire Him? Would we still find our joy in Him?

Habakkuk found his joy, his strength, his security, and his hope in God alone. It was faith in God that him to stand firm through difficult times, even the coming Assyrian invasion.

It is our faith in God that will allow us to endure any hardship that comes our way, today or in the days to come. The just shall live by his faith.

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