WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG…

HABAKKUK 3:17-19
“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 be no herd in the stalls—

18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

19 The LORD God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.”

OBSERVATION: Habakkuk the prophet was looking into the impending judgment of Judah by the rising power of the Babylonian Kingdom. As he did he witnessed in his vision both the terror of judgment, and the righteousness and faithfulness of The Lord. Ending his prophecy he sings a song upon stringed instruments. It is a song of confession, surrender, and most of all – Faith! It is a reminder to us that we are called to worship The Lord at all times and in all things. Look at the condition Habakkuk finds himself in.

* There is a lack of provision.
* There is no return for their labor.
* Their resources are depleted.
* There does not appear to be any hope.

Yet, what does Habakkuk do – he rejoices in The Lord! He remembers the God of his salvation. He looks to The Lord for his strength. And, he makes a confession of faith – “He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk knew that The Lord, although righteous in judgment, was also faithful and merciful. He would restore Israel. He would deliver His people. He would gather His remnant.

When we face times when it seems like nothing is changing, like it is just one mountain after another, what do we do? Do we keep yelling at the mountain (or mountains)? Do we allow the circumstances to dictate our faith? Do we grow weary and give up? Or – do we rise up with wings of eagles, being refreshed through the presence of the Holy Spirit, as we give our hearts to worship and praise?

There is one weapon that sustains us in every battle. There is one weapon that aligns us with the hosts of heavenly forces. There is one weapon that moves us from doubt, discouragement, and despair – toward faith. That weapon is worship and praise! The enemy cannot stay around when we exalt the name of The Lord. Our faith is renewed, our vision is revived. We grow strong as we give praise to The Lord. It does not always instantly change our circumstances – but it always changes us! Note that Habakkuk’s praise is not focused on what is happening at the moment, but at the sure promises of what The Lord will ultimately do.

The Psalmist said – “I have been young, and now old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging for bread.” (Psalm 37:25) I have found this to be true in my life. My God is faithful. I have faced many valleys and deserts where I thought I was forgotten, but He has always delivered me to green pastures, He has always led me to still waters, He has always restored my soul. He will do the same for all who call upon His name, for all who choose to worship Him in spirit and in truth. This is a sure promise from His heart and from His Word. In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is pastor of The Fellowship at Weatherford, a Foursquare Church in Weatherford, Texas. He has developed an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information please send an email to klzehnder@aol.com
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