Posted by: forfreedomalone | 30/11/2015

Unshakable

Habakkuk (pr. Hab-a-Kook) was a prophet.
Apart from that the Bible does not tell us anything about him.
 
From what he wrote in his book we know that there was evil all around him. He was questioning God as to why this is allowed to go on; when will justice come and put an end to the wickedness and suppression of the righteous?
 
God’s answer is not what he expects. “It is going to get worse before it gets better”. He is going to send the worst people Habakkuk could think of to bring judgement on Judah.
The picture just got blacker.
 
However, God says they will, in turn be defeated by others……just wait.
 
Waiting while continuing to believe in the God of our salvation can be VERY difficult.
We see injustice all around us, evil is on every corner, lawlessness abounds. Yet God says, “Wait for me and trust me. I will rescue you.”
 
Habakkuk can see the trouble around and ahead, but he can also see God.
It is possible he looked at the world around him and saw the Creator. He looked back through history and saw the God of their salvation who had rescued them before. He saw the fearful God, the Almighty God and the the God who made the nations tremble; the one on whom he settled, the one who made it possible to believe was the faithful God.
 
Right at the end of the book Habakkuk writes this……
“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.”
 
What made it possible for him to say such a thing in the face of the Assyrian army?
The knowledge that God is a covenant keeping God. He is faithful when all are faithless. His word is sure. He cannot lie. He never changes his mind, goes back on his word, comes up with a better plan or changes sides.
 
What he has said, what he is saying and what he will say are all one.
What he has done, what he is doing and what he will do are all one.
 
The mighty men (and women) of faith knew this and it was what sustained them in the hardest of times. They looked past, way past all superficial knowledge of who God is and they penetrated deep into his character to find the rock on which to secure their anchor. His unchanging nature, his total trustworthyness, the unshakable reality of his love was that rock.
 
From the very beginning of time God has made manifest his unshakable love for mankind. He has covenanted to bring those who love him safely though all trials and tumolts into the Kingdom of his Son. Habakkuk knew this God and as the darkness set in around him he could still praise God for who he is.
 
That darkness may be in your personal life, it is in the world and it will get worse. If we are to overcome it we must know this God, personally and intimately. We must be able to see him clearly in the deepest darkness and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is faithful.
Nothing else will be enough.
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