Habakkuk 1-3, Revelation 15 Key Verse: Habakkuk 3:19
We need to remind ourselves that God is good all the time, with special emphasis on “all the time.” When things are going well, it’s easy to say, “God is good.” But in difficult times those words can be hard to say. At any time we should be able to join Habakkuk in saying, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights” (3:19).
Notice the verses immediately before that one. Habakkuk is writing about difficult times. In particular he points to crop failure and the absence of livestock. Those are indications of economic ruin, financial disaster and food shortage.
It is not a pleasant picture—no buds on the fig trees or grapes on the vines. The olive crop has failed and there is no food in the fields. Even the sheep pens and cattle stalls are empty. “Yet,” he writes, “I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (v. 18). Habakkuk understood both that God is good and that He is good all the time.
How clearly do you understand that? If things are going well for you today, it is easy to say, “God is good.” But what will happen when your situation changes? It is then you should read Habakkuk 3 again to be reminded that God is good—all the time.
Pause right now to thank God for His goodness. Make this a daily prayer.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony beckett