Habakkuk – Revealing Our Joy in God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Book of Habakkuk, Jesus Christ is the marvelous wonder whom God would send to redeem, and he is our joy in God. The marvelous wonder of Jesus Christ’s life is so thrilling to our lives as we come to know him more and more, the greatest and most marvelous wonder of all is his Resurrection and our subsequent new and eternal life that we receive through him.

Habakkuk 1:4-5:
-4: Therefore {because of strife and contention} the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for wickedness doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
-5: Behold ye {Israel} among the heathen, and regard {look and behold}, and wonder marvellously {in astonishment}: for I will work a work {miraculous miracles} in your days {in the days that the Messiah would be present}, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

Israel was living among the heathen, i.e., the unbelievers, and they refused God’s Law that was written and spoken to them, and they refused the righteous judgment that only God’s Word could reveal.

Verse 5 is a prophecy regarding the coming of Jesus Christ, whom Israel would behold with their very eyes. They would see him and be completely astonished with utter amazement at the miraculous ways he presents himself and his Father to them, and still not believe that he was the Messiah.

This prophecy is also written in Acts 13:41 in the past tense, because Christ came, and today we can be astonished in his completed work on our behalf and rejoice in him.

Following are only a few examples of Israel’s astonishment in the miraculous work that Jesus would do.

Matthew 7:28-29:
-28: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, {the Sermon on the Mount}, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
-29: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Mark 5:42 – And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

The damsel in Mark 5 was dead and Jesus raised her, which was nothing short of a miracle. When the people saw this miracle they were greatly astonished.

Everywhere Jesus walked he gave infallible proofs that he was the true Messiah, yet in the end of his ministry they refused to believe on him, and so Israel as a nation rejected and crucified him. There were some who always believed in hope, but they were few, and the few had great joy because of their steadfastness in their believing God’s healing Word.

Habakkuk was a prophet of the Most High God, and Habakkuk in the midst of Israel’s unbelief received joy from his God because he believed.

Habakkuk 3:18-19:
-18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
-19: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

A hind is a deer that places his two back feet in the exact place his front feet were, and his front feet went first to check and make sure that the ground was safe.  What Habakkuk was saying is that when we believe and look to God through our Savior, then we will also be walking in the steps of Jesus Christ, who always walked perfectly with his heavenly Father.

Walking with God will always bring to us joy and rejoicing in the God of our salvation, and in our Lord who made our salvation a reality, and today our “high places” are at the right hand of God.

Rejoice and Be Glad in Salvation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In Habakkuk 3, we see the subject is on struggling through days of trouble and hardship, not unlike today when at times things may not seem perfect. Yet even when times are rough, our God can give to us rejoicing and gladness in knowing that we also have salvation, just as He did for the Old Testament believers.

God is always with us; we only need to trust in Him. Did you know that when you become saved by confessing Romans 10:9–10 that you are saved even today? It is true, even today, we are already on the journey of eternity, and we may enjoy living with the knowledge that we will live throughout eternity.

Habakkuk 3:18–19a:
-18: Yet {through difficult times} I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. {Whenever life seems too difficult, a wonderful key is to look to our God through Christ rather than focusing even more negative attention upon a currently awful situation.}
-19a: The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make {cause} me to walk upon mine high places . . .

A hind is a mother deer that first checks the rocky cliffs with her front feet to insure that her back feet will land safely on solid ground. This is the promise to believers: our God can watch our steps like the hind, so that even through a difficult time we do not fall. Thus, the lesson here is to still rejoice in the LORD through a difficult time and we will be brought to our high places, to the place where the desire of our hearts will take us. And now, God in Christ in us is like that hind, checking our steps before we ever walk into danger and placing our steps on firm ground, up on high.

Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Galatians 6:9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

We can dispel darkness by focusing of the light of God’s Word, rather than on a current dark event. In Philippians 4:12–13, Paul taught that whether he had to endure lean times or times of abundance in his life he always looked to God and the strength that his Savior Jesus Christ gave him, just as Christ strengthens us today and we are blessed.

 Matthew 5:11–12:
-11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
-12: Rejoice and be exceeding glad {and this is why}: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Well, we certainly are in good company! And God gives us great expectation of receiving a great reward in heaven, for looking to Him and confessing His healing Word.

Psalms 40:16–17:
-16: Let all those that seek thee {God} rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually: The LORD be magnified.
-17: But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me {Can you imagine, you are upon His mind and in His thinking, see: Jeremiah 29:11.}: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying {come to my aid speedily}, O my God.

As the Psalmist prayed for God’s speedy deliverance, so can we, and we can be assured that God hears our requests (Philippians 4:6–8). Our God truly loves us; we are forever in His thoughts. He has given to us salvation, today, in the here and now to comfort our souls through life’s difficult times. He is with us, so:  Rejoice and be glad in His salvation.