Yet, I Will Rejoice In The Lord

When someone has vigorous faith, they are strong in their faith, zealous, fervent, passionate, and intense. 

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“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
When I came across the Scripture in my morning devotional, I had to stop and ponder what I was reading.

This very Scripture is a hymn of faith.  The writer of this book, Habakkuk the prophet, was a man of vigorous faith. When someone has vigorous faith, they are strong in their faith, zealous, fervent, passionate, and intense.

In the first two chapters of this book, Habakkuk argues with God over His ways that appear to him to be unjust.  He is wrestling with God, and he has some complaints.

The first complaint is this:  “Why does evil go unpunished?”  Here’s what he says:  “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?  Or cry out to you, Violence, but you do not save?  Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrong?  Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.  Therefore, the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.  The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.”  Habakkuk 1: 2-4 

Have you ever felt like that?  If we are honest, I think each and every one of us would say yes. When we have concerns and cry out to God, He understands.  Listen to how he responds to Habakkuk.

The Lord’s Answer

“Look at the nations and watch–and be utterly amazed.  For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”  Habakkuk 1: 5

God is reassuring him that he is going to do something.

  • When we don’t see what God is doing yet, we must remember and hold on to His promises.Years later, Paul and Barnabas are preaching in Pisidian Antioch and they quote this scripture.  Here’s the account of that:“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.  Take care of what the prophets here said, does not happen to you:  ‘Look you scoffers, wonder and perish for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.”  Acts 13: 38-42  Believe that Jesus has said:  “Look at the nations and watch…” Habakkuk 1: 5   It’s time to watch the nations and see what is happening.

The Second Complaint
I love his truthfulness:  “O, Lord, are you not from everlasting?  Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.  Why do you tolerate the treacherous?  Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”  Habakkuk 1:  12-13  

Recognize the Everlasting Father, our God   
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world from everlasting to everlasting you are God!”  Psalm 90: 2
Here’s another truth:  “He is our everlasting Father.”  Isaiah 9: 6 

  • Our Father has always existed and always will.  He has an eternal existence.  He will forever be our Father, our Daddy, and He will not walk out, turn away or reject us, ever.
Awaiting and Receiving God’s Answer 
Even in Habakkuk’s questioning, he takes his position.
  • Take your position, stand, and posture yourself to hear from God.
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.”  Habakkuk 2: 1
 
“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”  Psalm 5: 3   

Whatever time you talk to God, morning, evening, or afternoon, just talk to Him.  Communicate with Him, pour your heart out, lay your requests before Him then WAIT AND EXPECT.  Expect God to answer. Expect God to move on your behalf.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5

When God Speaks, People Listen

Then the Lord replied:  Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.”  Habakkuk 2: 2  

So what’s a herald anyways?  In case you were asking, it’s an official messenger bringing news.

  • Run to deliver the message and read it to whom you have been sent.
    “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.  Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”   Habakkuk 2: 2-3
  • Even if the fulfillment of God’s promise lingers–expect it to be delivered and come to pass.

What vision or revelation has God given to you that has not been fulfilled yet?  What message or good news are you carrying?

Go now, write it on a tablet for them, inscribe it on a scroll (or laptop, Ipad) that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.”  Isaiah 3: 8, Emphasis added 

God may have given you something to share that will be blessing people for years to come.  His “everlasting” breath may just be upon it.

Turn Your Questioning To Prayer And Thanksgiving
You see, my friends, Habakkuk had a choice with all of his questioning.  He had to ask himself some questions.  Was he going to get stuck in the disappointment of not seeing what he desired, or not seeing the outcome as he desired?

He turns his questions into a prayer. He turns his expression into trust and confidence. His prayer actually was used as a Psalm turned into a Worship song.  He began with thanksgiving.  He prayed:

Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.  Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”  Habakkuk 3: 1-2  

Decree Who God Is
His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth.  His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where His power was hidden.”  Habakkuk 3: 3-4  
Learn The Lesson of Faith

Learn to trust God’s providence regardless of circumstances. The prophet decrees that even in suffering he will still rejoice in His Savior and God.  As the opening scripture declares:

Even if there is no fruit on your vines, and the crop has failed; even if there is no sheep or cattle; even if you are not seeing the provision of God now in your life, posture yourself to proclaim:

YET,  I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD AND BE JOYFUL IN GOD MY SAVIOR!  This is one of the strongest affirmations of faith in all scripture.  May it bless you and be a source of prayer for you all year through.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; Again I say rejoice!”  Philippians 4: 4  
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About the Author

Mary Beth Pecora, a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, friend, worshiper and servant leader, who loves life and loves people. More importantly, she passionately loves God and the fullness of who He is! For twenty-three years she has served in leadership positions within the ministry of Aglow International. Currently, she serves at The Secret Place--A Psalm 91 Ministry. It's a place for individual folks to come, be exhorted and prayed for, while being ushered to ministry stations within the room. She delights in encouraging folks of all ages within various walks of life. Her love of writing is now her passion; which led her to publish two books, "Restoration Explosion In The New Year," and "Navigating The Mysteries Of God." Above all that’s been accomplished and concluded, the BEST thing to her is knowing her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is her everything—her very best friend. Visit: Mybelovedsvoice.com