What an amazing book this was!! Wow, so much power and lessons we all can take from it! Habakkuk symbolizes the importance of living in faith of God, not man. To recap, chapter one starts out showing Habakkuk in great despair and confusion as to why God allowed evilness to continue in the world. He even began to doubt and question the creation of God, almost as if God were evil Himself. How would you react to that? Anger, sadness, vengeful? But God, God is so much higher than our minds can process. He took Habbakuk’s pain and questioning, and used it for good. Instead of turning His back on Habakkuk, God granted him His powers so that He could act out the wonders of His love. To show the Babylonians their sin shall conquer no more.
Chapter three ends with Habakkuk’s prayer. I just read these words and I feel God’s presence heavily in this moment. The way He describes God is overwhelming. Let’s look at the first few verses just so you can have a visual image of our great Lord: “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.” Habakkuk 3:1-3 ESV
I love this prayer. It shows the wisdom behind Habakkuk. After question God and being restored His faith, Habakkuk developed a fear for God. Not the typical fear we know of, but a maturing fear that grew Habakkuk closer to God. (“Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.” Psalms 25:12 NLT)
Continuing, Habakkuk 3:8-15 reads: “Was it in anger, Lord, that you struck the rivers and parted the sea? Were you displeased with them? No, you were sending your chariots of salvation! You brandished your bow and your quiver of arrows. You split open the earth with flowing rivers. The mountains watched and trembled. Onward swept the raging waters. The mighty deep cried out, lifting its hands in submission. The sun and moon stood still in the sky as your brilliant arrows flew and your glittering spear flashed. You marched across the land in anger and trampled the nations in your fury. You went out to rescue your chosen people, to save your anointed ones. You crushed the heads of the wicked and stripped their bones from head to toe. With his own weapons, you destroyed the chief of those who rushed out like a whirlwind, thinking Israel would be easy prey. You trampled the sea with your horses, and the mighty waters piled high.” Habakkuk 3:8-15 NLT
I like this imagery Habakkuk uses for God’s power. He uses this to point out that God didn’t use His works for evil, rather for salvation. God is more than anything in this world. He is something to be feared, to worship, and to follow. Sometimes we become arrogant and think we are higher and we know all, but then God uses His power to break us, in order to change our vision and to protect us from separating our hearts from Him.
Lastly, Habakkuk 3:17-19 reads: “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! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights. (For the choir director: This prayer is to be accompanied by stringed instruments.) Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT
The imagery used here is to example the loss we all will constantly endure. But Habakkuk affirmed that even though His heart will grieve and the pain will always be, He will always trust and worship God. He was not controlled by his feelings from the world, but by His faith in God. When nothing makes sense, don’t conform to the negative feelings your circumstances create, rather remember that God supplies us everything we need (“Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 NLT) God will grant us confidence through every trial we will face. “They will run surefooted as a deer across a dangerous terrain.” God, at His proper time, will grant us justice and rid evil caused in our lives. In the meantime, we need to live by the strength of His Spirit! We will be prospered, my dear friends! God is always with us and we will not be buried by evil! Let us be lights to a dark, ridden world!! ❤