Habakkuk 3:17-19 - How To Rejoice In The Lord Always.

Habakkuk 3:17-19: How To Rejoice In The Lord Always.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT) 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, 18 yet I will 
rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! 19 The 
Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able 
to tread upon the heights.  

Habakkuk started in the deep valley (chap. 1), then went up to 
the watchtower (chap. 2), but now finds himself on the mountains! 
Faith always lifts us higher and makes us happier. Even when we cannot 
rejoice in the economy, we can rejoice in the Lord! [Warren Wiersbe] 

   Habakkuk saw injustice and violence, misery, and sin all 
around him. He had cried to God for help, but no help had come. in 
fact, the Lord told Habakkuk things were going to get worse - he was 
raising up the cruel Babylonians to oppress the Israelites even more. 
How can you let them get away with this evil? Why aren't you doing 
anything about this? Habakkuk cried. God did not change the situation as 
Habakkuk had asked. He didn't drive out their enemies. But he did reveal 
his plan to eventually foil those who trust in themselves and 
succeed because of corruption. When God laid out the big picture and 
told Habakkuk of the victory to come, the prophet was so humbled and 
awed by the Lord's greatness that something even more important did 
change: Habakkuk's heart. He didn't stop asking for the Lord's help, but 
now he asked with faith and a heart of worship: No matter how bad 
things get, "I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in the God of 
my salvation." Ask God to build that kind of heart in you ... no 
matter what. 
   LORD, I have "heard all about you, and am filled with awe by 
the amazing things you have done." In our time of deep need, begin 
again to help us as you did in years gone by. Show us your power to 
save us! No matter what happens, whether I see prayers unanswered or 
victories, may my heart rejoice in you. I will find my joy in you, for you 
are my strength! [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re Hab. 3:2, 
17, 18] 

   Habakkuk's questions were valid; he was saddened by the 
violence and injustice that was prevalent in his time. You might feel the 
same as this prophet, wondering why the world is plagued with wars 
and famine, why governments are riddled with corruption, and why 
violence against the weakest members of society continues unobstructed. 
You may wonder why God doesn't put an end to the madness and 
immediately hold accountable all who deserve judgment.  
   Take heart: God is in control. Evil will not triumph forever. 
God will punish evil and vindicate those who are faithful to him and 
have accepted Christ as their Savior. Be thankful that he has delayed 
his return, allowing you to have the opportunity to come to know 
Christ. In the meantime, don't be afraid to ask God your questions, yet 
be willing to continue to - trust him. When nothing makes sense and 
the troubles of this world seem unbearable, say, along with 
Habakkuk, that no matter what happens, "yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I 
will be joyful in the God of my salvation!" (Habakkuk 3:18). You can 
trust that God will do what is best in his way, in his time. [The One 
Year Bible for New Believers] 

   At times it seems that everything around you is collapsing. 
Endeavors you invested in may fail. People to whom you minister may 
disappoint you. The business or career you worked hard to build may 
crumble. These times, as difficult as they are, are opportunities to stop 
and examine what is truly important to you. 
   Habakkuk witnessed the collapse of most of what mattered to 
him. Yet through the loss, failure, and disappointment, he was able 
to distinguish between what was precious to him and what was 
transitory and empty. He came to the point where he could sincerely say 
that even if everything around him failed, he still would rejoice in 
God. If the fig tree bore no fruit; if the vine produced no grapes; 
if the flocks and herds stopped reproducing; he would still praise 
God. His praise might not come easily, as he watched everything fall 
short of his expectations, but he would praise God nonetheless. 
Habakkuk could not make fig trees produce figs. He could not control the 
productivity of the flocks and herds, but he could control his own response 
to God. He chose to praise the Lord.  
   Do things seem to be falling apart around you? You can still 
praise God. Your praise for Him does not depend on the success of your 
endeavors but on God's nature and His love and faithfulness to you. Ask 
God to help you look past worldly concerns to understand the reasons 
you have to praise Him. [Henry and Richard Blackaby] 

   We trust God to accomplish what He promises us in His Word. 
But the real battle of faith comes when He appears not to respond to 
our trust. 
   What should we do when God appears to have ignored our 
request? Will we continue to rely upon Him despite the disappointment? Or 
will we blaze our own path and turn away from the Lord in 
   The prophet Habakkuk demonstrated the essence of true faith: 
to continue to trust in the Lord's wisdom and faithfulness, even 
when He seems inactive, or worse, uncaring. 
   In difficult times, faith becomes a matter of devoted 
allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ. Do we have confidence in Him 
regardless of the circumstances? Do we cling to God and His Word despite 
the silence? Can we say, along with Habakkuk, that although all our 
resources and reserves vanish, "yet I will rejoice in the LORD" (Hab. 
3:18)? [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re Hab. 3:17-19] 

   If you feel hopeless, helpless, or powerless--unable to deal 
with people or problems and on the verge of exhaustion--take heart in 
the prophet Habakkuk's stirring conclusion to his short book. 
   Knowing that a savage army of Babylonians would soon plunder 
and pillage his homeland, Habakkuk recited a litany of probable 
destruction. Times would be hard. Food would be scarce. An agrarian culture's 
source of income would soon dry up and blow away (Hab. 3:17). 
   Yet despite this disheartening scenario, Habakkuk penned an 
amazing response: "Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God 
of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet 
like deer's feet, and he will make me walk on my high hills" (Hab. 
3:18, 19). 
   Where did the prophet find such hope in the face of such 
terrible calamity? For one thing, clearly he had been spending time in 
God's Word. His expression of faith closely echoes the words of David, 
uttered centuries before: "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my 
deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the 
horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who 
is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies" (Ps. 
18:2, 3). 
   For another thing, Habakkuk had been spending a lot of time 
alone with God. His whole book is a record of his extended 
conversation with the Creator about the way the Lord does things. Habakkuk 
did not always understand (or particularly like) what he heard from 
God, but he recognized that the Lord knows what He's doing and so he 
chose to place his trust in Him. 
   When the outlook looks grim, Christ is your strength. When 
the circumstances seem volatile, Christ is your stability. When the 
future appears foreboding, Christ remains your hope. The strength of 
Christ is both inexhaustible and immeasurable--and it is yours to 
   God delights in upholding the weary and reviving the 
fainthearted (Is. 40:29-31). Your reservoir of emotional and physical energy 
may feel nearly drained, but God's supply of spiritual stamina never 
runs out. Come to Him and His Word for the strength to carry on, and 
He will supply the power you need to traverse the rough terrain 
ahead. That's His promise, and God always keeps His promises. [Life 
Principles SB By Charles Stanley re Hab. 3:17-19] 


   In 1996 my husband, Ed, left for New York City in his semi to 
deliver his load. Our two sons and I took off in the other direction to 
visit my mother over spring break. We were busy, and when I finally 
called home to check our answering machine, there were eleven messages 
from his trucking company. The messages became increasingly frantic 
in tone as Ed's employer tried to locate him--and me! 
   Ed had failed to deliver his load on Monday. Now it was 
Wednesday, and I was the only one that could file a missing-person report. 
As the day unfolded, more and more people joined the search for Ed 
and his rig. They finally found it at an Ohio truck stop. He had 
pulled off to sleep for the night--and woke up in the arms of Jesus. He 
was forty-four years old. 
   Not long after, Bill Menke, a pastor at church, taught on 
these verses from Habakkuk, a book in which everything possible goes 
wrong. He called verse 17 the "banana hit the fan" verse. Well, that 
resonated with me, and in the following weeks this verse, which I had 
never heard before, kept coming up in my devotional reading, in radio 
broadcasts, and even in conversations. Was rejoicing in the Lord a choice I 
could make? in this situation? 
   Times have not been easy trying to put two sons through 
college, pay the mortgage, fix the washer, trade vehicles, etc., etc., 
etc. But this passage has continually calmed me and given me hope and 
   Joy E. Dannelly, mother of Raymond and James, is a registered 
nurse at a facility for drug and alcohol addicts who are severe and 
persistently mentally ill. [The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional] 


You are feeling weighed down by a plethora of problems, both big 
and small. They seem to require more and more of your attention, but 
you must not give in to those demands. When the difficulties in your 
life feel as if they're closing in on you, break free by spending 
quality time with Me. You need to remember who I AM in all My Power and 
Glory. Then, humbly bring Me your prayers and petitions. Your problems 
will pale when you view them in the Light of My Presence. You can 
learn to be joyful in Me, your Savior, even in the midst of adverse 
circumstances. Rely on Me, your Strength; I make your feet like the feet of a 
deer, enabling you to go on the heights. (Exo. 3:14; Hab. 3:17-19) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Disappointments Are Inevitable; Discouragement Is A Choice.








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