“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17-18
If you have ever traveled with young children, you have probably heard the words from the back seat, “are we there yet?” Their anticipation of what awaits at the end of the journey has worn off, they have gone through all the things you brought to keep them occupied and they are ready for a change. They do not enjoy the “yet.”
As we read the Book of Habakkuk, we see him complaining to God about his nation being destroyed for its wickedness by a nation that was even more wicked. God replied that He had a purpose in it all. Judah deserved punishment, but eventually, the Chaldeans would be destroyed, and God’s people would yet fill the earth.
Habakkuk 3:2 “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”
As Habakkuk listened to God’s explanation, his eyes were opened and he realized that faith is the ability to feel so sure of God, that no matter how dark the day, the outcome will be great. Though the future for God’s people might be a long way off, it would be a glorious one, and it was sure.
In the time between our prayers to the Lord and when He answers, (the YET) God is showing us what we value most. It is important to remember all that He has done for us before and trust the future to Him.
Our world today is in turmoil, Wickedness abounds and often people question why God is allowing so many things to happen. But God has a master plan, We must walk in faith, trusting in God’s Word. Perhaps there are prayers for which you are awaiting answers. Maybe we could make Habakkuk’s prayer personal.
Prayer: Although there are family members that are not saved; although many of our friends are sick and have not been healed; although relationships are not being resolved, although situations in our lives need changing; – YET – we will rejoice in the Lord, not because of our circumstances, but because of what God has done for us before. And we will keep praying, walking in faith, and enjoying the YET.
Habakkuk 3:19 “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”
Devotion by Anne Johnston