“Ask God Anything” [Week 3]
“God, can I trust you?” Habakkuk 3:1-19
Habakkuk is full of questions, cries of injustice, and wrestling with God. Yet, as we come to chapter three of the book, we see Habakkuk’s wrestle turn into worship. And here’s something interesting: the wrestling isn’t over. Habakkuk and the nation of Judah are still right in the middle of chaos and difficulty. So what’s changed? It’s not Habakkuk’s circumstances; rather, it’s his posture and perspective in the midst of his circumstances.
What we see in Habakkuk chapter three is this beautiful encounter with God that produces trust and even joy, not after the chaos is over, but right in the middle of it.
Habakkuk 3:17-18
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD.” What a powerful phrase! How could Habakkuk make such a turn? How is he now full of trust when he was previously so full of doubt? How is he full of joy when earlier all he could express was pain?
Church, if we get this, it will absolutely transform the way we experience pain, chaos, joy, and worship. I’m so excited for what the Lord has for us this Sunday.
Read Habakkuk 3:1-19 before you come, invite a friend who needs to hear this word, and let’s pray for a strong finish to this rich book.
-Tim Birdwell, Lead Pastor