Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV) Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The prophet Habakkuk was living in a time of great sin, where the wicked persecuted the righteous, where justice was twisted and perverted, and where destruction and violence ran rampant every day (Habbakkuk 1:2-4). In fact, he brought his complaint about all this to the Lord, wondering why the Lord had delayed in doing something about what he was seeing. The Lord gave him an answer, but told him to wait – that the unfolding of God’s plan was coming but, though it would tarry, Habakkuk was to wait for it (Hab. 2:3).
It is Habakkuk’s response in the passage of Scripture above that left such an incredible impact that has lasted to this day, to the point where God included it in His Word. No matter what Habakkuk was feeling and no matter what he saw around him, he had resolved in his heart to still praise the Lord. His worship of the one and only true God was not contingent on his circumstances or if things turned out the way that he wanted. No, it was in the midst of all the chaos around him that Habakkuk said, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Hab. 3:18).
Is God worthy of your praise today? Are you willing to worship and praise the Lord even if everything around you is falling apart? Worship is not and should never be based on if things are going well around us. While we absolutely praise the Lord for His blessings and all the things He has done for us, the number one reason why we worship Him is purely because He is God! Habakkuk knew this and made up his mind and determined in his heart that no matter what his circumstances were, he was going to give God the praise and honor He deserved.
Resolve in your heart today to praise God because of who He is, and you will be able to stand firm through every trial, every difficulty and every test, because you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that even in the midst of your greatest difficulties and fiercest battles, the God who is Lord over them all is your God and He is with you through it all! Amen!
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Mark A Smith
Thanks Tim. I appreciate this devotional. See you tonight brother.