The prophet Habakkuk had a burden for God’s people in very difficult times. The prophet questioned the Lord about the trouble his people were experiencing and why the Lord had not done something about it. The Lord told the prophet he wouldn’t believe what the Lord was going to do.
We may be wondering when this pandemic will end or why the Lord just doesn’t take it away. We may be quite surprised how He uses it. Remember the words of the prophet Isaiah:
Isaiah 55:9, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
How exciting to trust the ways of our omnipotent Lord!
The Lord encouraged the prophet by showing him a vision to write down. The vision was for an appointed time that would surely come. Brothers and sisters, the Lord has given us a vision in His Word that will surely come at an appointed time, a vision of the restoration of the kingdom of God with the return of our Savior Jesus Christ to this earth.
The Lord then told the prophet, The just shall live by faith. While Jesus tarries, we are to live by faith in the Word of God. There are many voices shouting to us every day, the voices of experts, scientists, politicians and various media. The only voice we need to listen to is the voice of the Word of God and His promises for us.
At the end of the book, the prophet made a statement fig trees and flocks that is familiar to us. Allow me to paraphrase his words as they relate to us today. He said, “Even if everything goes wrong, even if many people lose their lives, even if the economy shall fail, we are to still keep our focus on God and His promises, to continue to rejoice in Him and to remember that our joy is in the God of our salvation.”