FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
SCRIPTURE: Habakkuk 3
Author: Jeremy Witt
Remember from yesterday that God responded after Habakkuk had been expectantly watching and waiting for God’s response. Let’s also point out that we are not told how long Habakkuk asked or complained to God, and how long he waited. We just know that Habakkuk waited expectantly as the watchmen (2:1). We must not assume that God’s response was immediate, which is our desire.
As we begin our concluding chapter, notice how Habakkuk responds in verse 1. He sang a song of praise to the LORD and said, “See what God has done” and ask God to do it again. Chapter 3 is the big perspective shift that took place in Habakkuk’s life. This is what happens when we seek God, wait for God, listen for God, and hear from Him. We are changed.
Habakkuk sings a song of praise reminding himself and those in Judah what the LORD has done. He has brought salvation to the Israelite people. Those who did evil were punished. Those who doubted God was disciplined.
V2-I have heard about you and I fear. Do what you have done in the past. Be merciful to us.
Habakkuk understood Judah’s sin, and he knew that God would discipline Judah, so he prayed for God to “remember mercy.” (NASB)
V3-9--God is moving across the Sinai peninsula and the earth is filled with His praise. Remember what happened in Egypt with the plagues and wandering through the wilderness for 40 years to punish those who doubted God’s plan. Remember how God dealt with the Egyptians at the Red Sea
V11-This is referring to the day the sun stood still so that Joshua could defeat their enemies in battle. (Joshua 10:12, Psalm 18:14)
V12-15 Habakkuk reminds the people of the things that the LORD has done. We need to remember these things that God has done personally in our lives, but also as a nation. When we forget to remind ourselves and the next generation, we get circumstances like we have today. We have a nation today who does not know what the LORD has done. Let’s make this more personal. Have you told your family what the LORD has done in your own life? Include the good along with the bad so that they may know that God disciplines those who are His.
In verses 16-19, Habakkuk becomes more personal. He speaks of his own fear and weakness. He speaks of famine and drought that would impact Judah. But he says in verses 18 and 19, “I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”
Does that sound familiar to anyone else in Scripture? It reminds me of David and also Job. It shows how Habakkuk who was upset at the beginning is now praising God despite knowing what is coming for his people and nation. Will you praise God regardless of the outcome of the election? Will you trust Him? Will you rely on Him when the news media aren’t trustworthy? Will you rely on Him when things get difficult?
Habakkuk is one of my favorites because the message is so applicable to us today. Will I be faithful? Will I remain true to the LORD even in the silence? Will I trust in Him when all seems lost? Will I wait patiently and expectantly for God to speak?