OVERVIEW: Habakkuk reviewed God’s impressive resume and offered a prayer that looked forward to the next way God would deliver.
BIG IDEA: Put your hope in the Lord even when things seem hopeless.
KEY VERSE: Habakkuk 3:17-18 (Habakkuk’s faith cry)
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
You know what I’ve done. You’ve read about my miracles. You’ve heard others tell stories. You’ve even shared a few, too. Nothing has changed. I am the same God who saved Israel, the same one who forgives your sin, the same one who redeems your life. And I will continue to act. I am not through. Stand in awe of my deeds. Be reminded of all I’ve done and tremble with holy fear. I am not a toy that you can dust off when you want to play. I am the living God.
Declare my fame to others. Remind those whose minds are so filled with worry or scheming to find solutions. Whisper truth in their ears or boldly proclaim it, if necessary. Let them know the King of Kings is alive and well and active in the world. And while you wait for my response, rejoice in me. Be joyful and hopeful, even if things look bleak. Have faith because I am with you today and always.
Get ready for God to provide. Prepare your heart and mind by praying and meditating, walking or driving with eyes wide open to how God may be at work, regardless of your circumstances. Help others look to God for his delivery. Point their eyes forward by reminding them of what God has done in the past.