Habakkuk – one of those little books at the end of the Old Testament. At least for me, one of the books I often skipped so I can move on to the NT and the birth of Jesus. But in my devotions today I paid attention to Habakkuk.
I’m not keeping score, but I’m pretty sure when prophets speak in the Old Testament it usually means that Judah or Israel have turned away from God so much the God basically grounds them until they start obeying. They become slaves or are captured in by another civilization and often a lot of them are killed.
I’m not going to get into why or how. Instead I’m going to talk about my take away in reading Habakkuk. Here’s my quick analysis of chapter 3…
Habakkuk starts giving God glory (3:1-7) as we should with any interaction with God. Hab’s talking in 3rd person.
(8) Now speaks directly to God, showing he is very aware of God’s helping his nation prior to this.
The half last part of 8 he declares: No, you were sending your chariots of salvation!
(9-15) Now he talks about how powerful God is. How GLORIOUS God is.
(16) Habakkuk talks about the all the greatness of God, the way he was awed as he is learning more about God. Here is a guy who is patiently waiting for God to rescue God’s children [again].
Verses 17 – 19 is what initially spoke out to me…
My takeaway on this chapter is:
Here’s a guy who talks to God.
He’s in captivity.
He learns about God who has rescued his people before.
He acknowledges the only true God. The One who can’t be seen when all the rest gods have something that can be touched.
He’s seem to be living in a time of famine.
Habakkuk is gathering his strength from God and he pledges his life to Him.
NLT (17-19) “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,
[Here’s the phase that made me look deeper…]
yet I will REJOICE in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as sure footed as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.”
So my take away:
He’s a guy, a captive who’s pledging his life to God regardless of anything else [famine, being a captive…]. God has his 100% loyalty… Oh and he yet can REJOICE!
[Remember, this is old testament so no Jesus dying on the cross yet]
With my mental health, sometimes it’s been really hard to see God. Hard to communicate with Him – confusion, distortion, med adjustments… Denial, pity parties, not even thinking about Him or anything…
Not because God hasn’t been there, which of course is, but other things clouds my view.
My thinking was so distorted that any song with the word heaven only made a stronger desire (suicidal thoughts) to be there. Music had always been something I used as a comfort. It was a long time into my recovery before music became a comfort again…
I have access to a quandary of Bibles, books on Bibles, an incredible amount of visual and auditory resources. Yet, here’s Hab… And he’s totally sold out to God completely… Talking to God in different ways…
The New Testament talks about Jesus going to pray alone. We know that Jesus prayed the night before he died on the cross. So if Jesus himself needed to pray, how much more do we?
Philippians 4:4-8 is a first aid Bible bandage for me. It starts talking about rejoicing always. Here is Habakkuk also rejoicing regardless of his living situation.
YET, I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD!
On some tougher mental health days and often I REALLY REALLY don’t want to… As soon as I recognize it, I rejoice…
I’m human. But I have a safety network in place…my husband, Celebrate Recovery friends, my sponsor, friends, family of course…
REJOICE isn’t done when you feel peachy clean and fine… It actually is MORE important when you so far away from fine…
Huggles and loves and prayers!