Asked how she could sleep amid troubled times, an old Christian said, “God is always watching, so there is no point in two of us staying awake!”
At first Habakkuk didn’t understand God’s dealings with Israel and the surrounding heathen nations. He was perplexed and frustrated. But through prolonged waiting upon God He got the answer: live by faith in the Faithful One.
His eyes still saw darkness and doom but he, by faith, anticipated deliverance. His confidence was not in circumstantial evidence but in the eternal Creator and Sustainer of the universe. When God who never wavers is the object of your faith there is no need for you to waver or worry.
Habakkuk teaches us a lot of things. Two are the holiness of God and the fact that He really wants to speak to us and minister to us. Habakkuk waited on God expecting an answer—and he got it: Live by faith in the Faithful One.
When everything seemed to fall apart around him he put this truth of faith so poignantly in the closing verses of his prophecy, beginning in verse 16 “I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound. Decay crept into my bones and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there’s no grape on the vine; 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 the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength.”