February 22: Habakkuk From Worry to Worship

Read Habakkuk 2:20 – 3:19

Habakkuk had come full circle.  He had complained to God, questioned God, and even doubted God’s motives.  God however had answered all his questions, complaints, and worries.  There was no more to be said.  Chapter 2 of the book of Habakkuk ends with an awesome statement.

The Lord is in His holy temple, let all the Earth be silent before Him.

When God answers you, you are left speechless, there is no more to be said.  No more to be questioned.  Chapter three of Habakkuk almost feels like it was written later.  It’s impossible to say, but Habakkuk is clearly a changed man.  Gone is the worry from earlier, replaced now with only praise.  As Habakkuk retells God’s past deeds you can sense his awe at God’s sovereignty, His dominion over the whole earth and everything in it.  Now heart pounding, lips quivering, legs shaking, Habakkuk is so moved by God’s power and majesty that he is physically shaken, full of fearful faith that God’s plans will surely be accomplished, in God’s way, in God’s time.

William Cowper was an eighteenth century poet, the son of an English pastor whose mother died when he was only six years old.  He grew up deeply troubled and tried to take his life several times.  After being admitted to an asylum he came to faith and after reading Habakkuk wrote these words which in part were later made into a Hymn titled “Sometimes a Light Surprises”

Though vine nor fig tree neither
Their wonted fruit should bear,
Though all the field should wither,
Nor flocks nor herds be there;
Yet, God the same abiding.
His praise shall tune my voice;
For while in Him confiding,
I cannot but rejoice.

You likely won’t get a chance question God about his plans regarding your current circumstances this side of heaven.  You may be wondering how He could let calamity come on His children or their loved ones, but we have God’s answer, it’s right there in Habakkuk.  God says I am in control, I have complete and total power over everything in this world and there is nothing that will stop my plans from being accomplished.  Our job is simply to live with faith that it will all work out, trusting that God’s is in control.