Habakkuk 3:18 – Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
It’s been said, “There will be times when waves of doubt will overflow the boat of your faith.” This is where we find Habakkuk. He was struggling with trusting God in the midst of difficult circumstances.
One of the ways Habakkuk overcomes His doubt is recounting the faithfulness of God in the past. In Habakkuk chapter three he rejoices over the call of Moses, their great deliverer, recalls God’s might at the Red Sea, and recounts the day God had the sun to stand still for Joshua. In the midst of national turmoil and personal trial Habakkuk pens this song:
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 – 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 hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
We too, in these difficult days, can recall the goodness and power of God. We may not always be able to rejoice in the circumstances we find ourselves, but we can rejoice in the eternal God who never changes and sits upon the circle of the earth.
Mark Carr serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Chatsworth.