Will You Still Trust?
There is a little jewel of a book in the Old Testament that needs to be discovered. It is Habakkuk. This would be a great name for a boy if you are looking for boy names for your baby. Or, maybe no. Anyway, Habakkuk is asking God why the wicked get to judge the nation of Israel and why God doesn’t intervene when Habakkuk thinks He should. Habakkuk doesn’t understand what God is doing. I suppose that applies to all of us who are thinking about God’s activity in our world…and even our election….But the little book of Habakkuk ends with what I think are some of the greatest words of the Old Testament: Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk says that the fig tree is barren, he will rejoice in the Lord. Now for me this is no big deal because I don’t like figs but in Habakkuk’s day, figs were a staple food. Though fruit not be on the vines and there be no olives, and no food is available, though there be no cattle or sheep, Habakkuk will rejoice. Essentially, Habakkuk is describing an incredible calamity…and yet he trusts. Will you? Will you rejoice in the Lord and take joy in your God even when your cupboard is bare? Or, will you evaluate the character of your God by the circumstances of your life? Take a page from the book of Habakkuk and continue to rejoice and trust in your God.