Read Habakkuk 3:1-19
When was the last time you felt overwhelmed? Not just feeling frustrated, or busy, or even stressed, but when was the last time you literally felt like you were a quickly sinking vessel destined for doom? Well to be quite transparent with you, the past couple of weeks I have felt a burden in my heart and mind like none I have experienced before. Maybe it’s the stress associated with the first two months back in school or the transitions I’ve been making in responsibility and leadership. But whatever it is, I don’t quite like the way it feels!
But who does? Who enjoys being overwhelmed? Nobody I’ve ever met. Generally it’s an emotion most try to avoid; yet, incidentally, an experience every human will encounter at least once during their walk on this earth.
However, few can comprehend how it feels to be overwhelmed quite like Habakkuk. In chapters one and two of this Old Testament book, the author describes the desperate pleas of Habakkuk who has been trying to get the Chaldeans to repent of their sins and begin to walk in the path of the Lord (Habakkuk 1:2-4). But God’s plan was entirely different. He
intended to use their disobedience and disgusting ways to punish the Jewish people for their rebellion.
You see, Habakkuk had an entirely different blueprint for these people than God did. And when Habakkuk found out God’s intentions, he was devastated. The work he had been trying to complete wasn’t going to be realized. Habakkuk was overwhelmed.
But what does Habakkuk do in this moment of trial? Does he get angry with God and curse Him? Does he throw in the towel and give up on life? Does he turn to sin to provide comfort and pleasure? No! He does the exact opposite! He prays to the Lord and praises Him!
“Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.” Habakkuk 3:2
Even in the darkest moments, even when God’s will was drastically different than his plan, even when by all other worldly standards he had the right to just give up, Habakkuk put his hope in the true promise keeper, the Lord our God!
“…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:18-19