If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Chronicles 8, 3 John, Habakkuk 3, Luke 22. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read Habakkuk 3.
From the time we were children we’ve heard stories that had a happy ending. Stories that end happily are emotionally satisfying and make us feel encouraged that the problems of the present might still turn out well in the future.
Habbakuk ended here in chapter 3 with hope, but no happy ending. His prayer here in chapter 3 recounted the fearful power of God’s wrath from verse 3 through 16. His reaction to God’s judgment, however, was full of faith despite the circumstances. In verse 2 Habbakuk began his prayer by telling the Lord that he had heard of God’s fame--a reference to the victories of Israel’s past and that he stood in awe of God’s works--again a reference to the past. In verse 2b, though, he humbly asked God to do it again: “Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” God’s word to him was about prophetic judgment but in faith he looked to the Lord for his mercy and a spiritual revival among his people.
Likewise, Habakkuk’s prayer ended in faith. Although he felt great fear (v. 16) and knew that there would be great devastation (v. 17), it did not ruin his faith in God. Instead, despite these things, Habakkuk told the Lord, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” I trust that these words give you hope. Even though your diagnosis may be bad and might not change, even though your rebellious child may never return to the Lord, even though your marriage may end despite all your prayers to the contrary, God calls you and me to look to him in hope when we are sad, disappointed, discouraged, and defeated. And, to those who trust him, he provides that hope in who he is: “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” God may not change your reality for the better, but he will secure your passage through it if you count on him in faith.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we’ll talk scripture again tomorrow.