One of my favorite Bible studies is “Lord, Where Are You When Bad Things Happen?” by Kay Arthur. I have taught it twice over the past several years and it was odd that I loved it so much because it is a study on the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk is a small book at the end of the Old Testament. It seems so outdated, yet it is a timeless and life changing study.

Studying Habakkuk gave me a better understanding of God and that He, not life, is where I need to park my mind in all of life’s situations, even the really bad ones. Habakkuk knew that he and his people were facing a calamity in an unthinkable way and He knew he needed God’s perspective. Perspective changes everything. Recently as I was talking to a friend about these uncertain times, we both declared that even in uncertainty, our God is dependable and He is still good as well. During our conversation, the last few scriptures from Habakkuk came to mind.

“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.

GOD, the Lord, is my strength;

he makes my feet like the deer’s;

he makes me tread on my high places.”

 

Do I know what the future may hold? No. But I do know who holds the future, and I know who holds peace for me. My mind must stay there, not on the changing world.

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Is 54:10)

 

The world is changing, yet I, like Habakkuk, refuse to allow myself to be tossed around with the winds of change. I need a firm foundation that will not be moved, even if the world around me is unrecognizable. I need to focus on the greatness and goodness of my God.

Read these verses again.

“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.

GOD, the Lord, is my strength;

he makes my feet like the deer’s;

he makes me tread on my high places.

For the choir director, on my stringed instrument”

(Habakkuk 3:17-19)

 “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Is 54:10)

Let’s just end with God’s words in our minds. Repeat these often. Print them out where you can read them out loud often. The enemy needs to hear what you know. You need to hear what you know.

Blessings and Peace,

Vonda