What lies ahead for you? Will 2015 be easier or more difficult than 2014? The truth is….no one but GOD knows for sure. “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know WHO holds the future,” someone has well said.
What is true for us in 2015 was true for Habakkuk. As he draws his prayer to a conclusion he declares unwavering trust in God. That’s part of prayer, isn’t it? It is a willful act of surrender. It is a renewal of trust in our God.
What is this minor prophet all about? To summarize — Habakkuk has worked through his life struggles with God and declared his perplexity over God’s plan. God has heard His cry and challenged Habakkuk to write down the details of a Sovereign unfolding plan. Habakkuk has trusted God in the past. He is trusting God in the present, and now he declares His trust in God for future events.
“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,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.”
O for a faith that will not shrink! O for a fixed confidence in God even when circumstances grow more difficult! This is only possible by grace. This is only certain through the work of God’s Spirit. This is clearly the fruit of unwavering confidence in the unchanging word of God.
Thank you to those of you who have trekked with me through various passages of Scripture this past year. I’m taking a break from writing but hope to begin in with fresh passion and energy on January 1, 2015. I covet your prayers for perseverance, wisdom, grace and insight into how I may best serve God. May He use those of us who have trusted in Jesus Christ as evidence that His grace is sufficient, that His grace transforms, that His grace is available! As I reminded some other devoted Christ-followers in an email earlier today, “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)