The fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, through 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 savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18, NIV
The scripture above is part of a prayer that Habakkuk prayed to the Lord. Habakkuk was a prophet who spoke to the Lord about all the suffering his people were going through at that time. Habakkuk discusses with God why he has to witness so much evil prevailing and the righteous suffering. By the end of his discussion with the Lord, Habakkuk was encouraged and in closing gave praise to God.
Many times in our life it seems as if God is not moving or he has not heard our prayers. I think like Habakkuk we become frustrated and disappointed seeing evil prevail and it appears those who do not obey Christ win. But just as God finished his discussion with Habakkuk making certain to him that he will punish the unjust, we can be encouraged in our own lives.
It may be that you are constantly praying and trusting God, but your bills and debts are increasing instead of being eliminated. Your health appears to be getting worse instead of better and none of the circumstances you’ve prayed about have been answered. Even in this season we must trust God and praise him just as Habakkuk so profoundly spoke in his prayer. We must continue to believe regardless of the circumstance; God is in control. He hears our prayers and He will deliver us. The example of the prophet Habakkuk encourages us to wait on the Lord, expecting that He will indeed work out all things for our good! (Romans 8:28).
I encourage you to read the whole book of Habakkuk it is amazing and so encouraging!
Affirmation(s): Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32