Habakkuk 3:17-18 Though the fig-tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, YET I WILL rejoice in the Lord, I WILL be joyful in God my Saviour.
What a bold declaration! YET I WILL…are words we prefer to avoid when we are going tough times. Let’s face it: Here is Prophet Habakkuk. In his mouth is lament. He is asking God that million dollar question…LORD, WHEN? It seems things prophesied are taking too long to come to pass. As a prophet…the mandate of prophecy has been passed down to him. Just like other prophets…HE IS WAITING TO SEE THE RESTORATION OF JUSTICE AND PEACE. But instead, he sees violence and conflicts and injustice prevailing.
But while in the state of complaint, God comes to his rescue. No…not in the way he expected. As always, God’s ways are not our ways. “Habakkuk,’ God says to him…’take a journal and start taking notes…because in TIME, I will show up and mark my words. I WILL NOT BE A MOMENT LATER THAN EXPECTED!’ So, Habakkuk takes the task to heart and a pen and paper…or whatever and begins noting down the events of his day. Continue reading