Comments on Verses from Prophets

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 heard in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

What a magnificent statement of faith. Habakkuk puts all us whiners to shame. We have so much that the least shortage sends us into panic mode. The idea of doing without one of our luxuries sends us for a spin. We are slightly deprived and immediately take the position of Mudville after Casey’s flub. How is it that Habakkuk can rejoice in the Lord and take joy in God when there is such a terrible tragedy in the land?

Could it be that unlike us, Habakkuk, understands that man does not live by bread alone? Is it because the prophet poet understands that the real gift from God is not figs, grapes, and olives? In the next verse Habakkuk tells us that God is his strength. God lifts Habakkuk up to the high places. Being on the high place with God overshadows roast mutton or steaks from the cattle.

Can you find joy in hard times? If you look at your salvation rather than your physical lacking you will be able to rejoice in the Lord.

Task for Today: How close are you tied to the grapes and figs of this life? Day to day are you centered on Salvation from sin or daily bread. How well do you handle doing without? Today, think about what is most important; earth’s goods or heaven’s blessings? Esau traded his blessing for a pot of stew. What will you learn from that about your own choice of what really matters?

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