Backstage With Habakkuk

The book of Habakkuk is unique among the prophets, in that it is primarily a record of his conversations with God (along with a song he composed in response to those conversations). As we read his prophecy, we get to watch him move from frustration to faith, from perplexity to peace, from confusion to calm, from restlessness to rest. This movement happens even though his circumstances don’t; in fact, they are going to get even worse. In one sense, as we see in 3:16, his fear is exacerbated – but his faith has been deepened, strengthened, bolstered, battened down. His understanding of God, and His purposes in this world, and His call to persevering faithfulness in the midst of trouble, all have grown. And we get to watch this growth; we get to see the progress; we get to watch the caterpillar turn into a butterfly; we get to watch maturity occur; we get to hear the wrestlings and struggles and grunts of a faithful yet perplexed servant. Habakkuk had the experience, then wrote it down for us. Praise God that he did that.

You ought to try it yourself, the next time you go through something heart rending and mind bending – leave it for your children, and your children’s children, and pray that it will bear fruit for eternity.

SDG

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