Last night at MTBC we completed our study through the Old Testament prophecy of Habakkuk. As we walked through the third and final chapter of this short book, it became evident that God had done a work in the heart and life of His prophet. These last nineteen verses are essentially a prayer reflecting on the faithfulness of God and revealing the transformed perspective of Habakkuk. Whereas at the beginning of the prophecy he was questioning God and finding himself in disbelief of God’s methods, he was now humble before the Lord, accepting His sovereign rule, and rejoicing in the God of his salvation.
On this Monday morning, I felt compelled to share one specific insight that I have learned from Habakkuk. God is faithful. He has always been and He will always be. Throughout the history of mankind, God has proven Himself time and time again to be trustworthy. Habakkuk found himself remembering past events and recounting how God had never failed His people, not one time. As he reaches the end of his brief prophecy, he becomes resolute in his heart that he will have faith in his God whatever the circumstance. Consider the final three verses:
“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive 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. The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.” -Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NASB)
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones has aptly stated, “Whatever may come, if we should ever find ourselves in the fearful state so graphically described by the prophet, the thing to do will be to look back at history…In reminding himself and us of these things, Habakkuk is not just comforting himself by playing with ideas; he is speaking of the things that God has actually done.” So no matter the situation in which we may find ourselves, it is always appropriate to have faith in God and to rejoice in God. He has yet to disappoint. “For the Scripture says, ‘WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE PUT TO SHAME.'” [Romans 10:11 (NASB)]