Getting hold of God

Habakkuk is faced with a period of economic disaster v17. We see how he is both real about the situation and yet how he then moves to a place of confidence in God. Christian maturity is often defined by our ability to be real about our fears and anxieties as well as then taking them before a kind and gracious saviour. Like Habakkuk, we need to learn the secret of choosing to rejoice v18, to receive God’s strength in the calamity. Only then will we have the agility, like a deer on high places v19, to navigate our way through all of life’s trials.


Habakkuk 3:17–19 (Listen)

Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

17   Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
  the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
  the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
18   yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19   GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer’s;
    he makes me tread on my high places.
  To the choirmaster: with stringed1 instruments.


[1] 3:19 Hebrew my stringed


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