I Will Rejoice
Though the fig tree may not blossom, . . .
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The book of Habakkuk was written against a backdrop of apostasy, judgement and unbelievable hardship. It was written during a time when Jehoiakim the king of Judah led the people back into idolatry and away from the Lord. As a result, God is preparing to judge the nation. Habakkuk is having trouble understanding why God would use a heathen nation like Babylon to punish His people. He cannot understand why God does not just purge their sins and draw them back to Himself and to righteousness.
Habakkuk is a lot like Job. He argues his case, but in the end, he realises that God is not to be worshipped merely because of the temporal, material and physical blessings of life, but simply for Who He is v 18 The Bible says: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The keywords of these verses are “although” and “yet”. Habakkuk is saying, “I really do not understand all that is happening, but I am going to thank God anyhow!”
In his trials, Habakkuk learned a valuable lesson. He learned a lesson that all of God’s children need to learn. He learned that God is both our salvation and our song. He learned that he had nothing to fear from life, but that he had a real reason to be thankful anyhow!
If you are saved, you possess every reason to be thankful that Habakkuk possessed. So, regardless of what you might be facing today, look to God, rest on God and be thankful anyhow!
Father God, I do not know what this day holds, but I know that You hold this day in Your hands, so in You, I put my trust. In Jesus name, Amen.