Habakkuk’s Modus Operandi

I love the way Habakkuk processes his circumstances with the Lord. He asked questions that pertained to his national situation. As I read this yesterday I thought of our own. Habakkuk 1:3 says, “Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises.”

Look at how the Lord answered his first set of questions. I encourage you to lay it up in your heart for our time. Verse 5 says, “Look among the nations and watch–be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you.”

Watch what he did after he asked his next question. Habakkuk 2:1 says, “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when corrected.” Years ago I incorporated this at the beginning of my quiet time. I ask the Lord questions and then wait to see how He will answer me.

Verse 2 says, “Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” I encourage you to journal. Make it your spiritual workbook. When the Lord gives me insights through my daily reading, I write them down in my journal. Then I share them with you and others.

In Habakkuk 3:17 he rehearsed all the effects of his dire straits, yet declared powerful endurance-words which we also can put into practice. Verse 18 says, “YET I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”

I love verse 19 in the Amplified. It says, “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk (not stand still in terror, but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon my high places (or trouble, suffering, or responsibility)!”

Our responsibility right now is to strengthen our faith to shape what we see, rejoice in our salvation, and pray for our nation and those who oppose God and His ways. He is and will remain Lord Over All!

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