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. – Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)
The prophet Habakkuk had a hard job. A Jewish civil war had divided Israel and Judah into bickering neighbors. Then the Assyrians, who had conquered Judah, were declining as an empire and the Babylonians would rise as the next world power. Judah was being judged for her unfaithfulness to God and Habakkuk was wondering why the judgment seemed worse than the crime. Yet in the midst of this, Habakkuk praises God in the midst of circumstances that he does not understand. There are times when the best response that we can give is praise; the only option is to rejoice. Don’t let unresolved issues keep you from God’s presence, for there are many things that we will not understand this side of heaven.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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