. . . continued from Part One and  Part Two

In an effort to drive Habakkuk’s truth into our hearts . . .

Did the prophet still experience anxiety and fear of the imminent invasion of the Chaldeans?

Was everything in Habakkuk’s world turned upside down?

Scripture says, absolutely YES to both questions! BUT . . .

God’s response to Habakkuk’s perplexities not only promised divine wrath but also provided assurance of divine favor and hope.

1.  Security and hope are not based on temporal blessings — prosperity of our retirement funds, reasonably priced fuel for our cars and to heat our homes, peace among the nations, or surviving an economic recession.

Security and Hope are based on the Lord Himself. This is the essence of “the righteous will live by his faith.”

2. Just as the sure-footed hind (deer) scales narrow and dangerous mountain heights without slipping, so Habakkuk’s faith in the Lord enabled him to endure the hardship and very real danger of the imminent invasion, and all of his confusing questions.

Our continuing, daily faith does not eliminate hardship, a terrorist attack, economic collapse, or even persecution. What it does do, is provide endurance, perseverence, and divine hope and assurance —

By faith, we will endure the storm.
By faith, we will persevere during the turbulent times in which we live.

Fill your mind with Habakkuk’s words and rest in the assurance of divine favor & safety. Anything else is simply destructive unbelief.

Yet I will exult in the Lord
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.

(Habakkuk 3:17-19)

 

 

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