Growing Faith, Part 3
Imagine the worst case scenario of the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Some of you probably can’t think of anything worse than what is already happening to you. What are we to do when life turns out to be completely unbearable?
The third lesson Habakkuk teaches us about faith is this: Growing Faith Worships God, no matter what happens. Habakkuk opens the last part of his prophecy by saying, “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.” (Habakkuk 3:2 NIV) Many times in life things will not go according to our plans, prayers, or preferences. I’m sure we all know that. But though life is difficult, unfair and unpredictable, faith always keeps God’s character in mind and chooses to remember what He has done in the past. This is the only past we are to remember; the past of God’s goodness, mercy and grace.
Habakkuk then ends his book by with one of the best worship songs ever written and sung. He writes, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NIV)
This is what he was saying: “Even in the worst case scenario of life I will still worship God!” Faith will praise God even in the worst case scenario. Habakkuk also said he would rejoice in God, not in life’s circumstances because while circumstances change, God does not. He called God his Saviour and Strength who enabled him to rise above all life situations and interpret them according to reality (God’s truth). Growing faith will praise God even in the most dangerous, the most difficult, and the darkest of all situations because He is our Saviour (in Jesus He has met our greatest and most desperate need), and He is our Strength (by His Spirit who lives in us He gives us the power to stand firm in the midst of life’s trials, tragedies and temptations).
May God help us all to worship Him for who He is no matter what happens. May He put His song in our hearts and cause us to praise Him even in the worst case scenarios of life. And remember, there’s no worst case scenario in life than the perfect, sinless Son of God taking our place and dying on the cross for our sins.
Have a blessed Friday!