Today is Day 70 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
Habakkuk is a pleasant read after reading through the bloodshed and judgment of the book of Nahum.
Habakkuk was the last of the prophets of Judah and was called by many “a major minor prophet.” He really does have some amazing words of wisdom to share.
Habakkuk’s message also contrasts one of his contemporaries: Jeremiah. Whereas Jeremiah was “the weeping prophet,” the name “Habakkuk” means “embracer” and his book even ends with a song of rejoicing.
One of the key passages of the book is found in chapter 2: “the just shall live by his faith.” – Habakkuk 2:4. That line is quoted 3 times in the New Testament: Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, and Hebrews 10:38.
Much of the book is a conversation between Habakkuk and the Lord. He definitely set a great example of staying in communication with God. Speaking of which, how are you doing along those lines? A relationship with God is similar to a relationship with another human: to stay in contact and deepen that relationship, there must be communication.
I admire Habakkuk’s faith in the Lord and love that he closed the book with these words…
“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” – Habakkuk 3:17-18
When all else fails, God never does. Trust Him at the feast, but be ready to to trust Him through the famine as well!