(another of our “March Memories.”)
Habakkuk 3:17, 18 (NKJV).
A lot of people have the idea that the Old Testament is all stern and forbidding, but it’s interesting that three of the greatest confessions of faith are found there. It’s true that there is a lot that is strange and even contradictory to our way of thinking, but there are also rays of light which are scarcely matched in the New Testament.
One of these confessions of faith is found in Job 13:15, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Another one is found in the actions of Abraham as he went to “sacrifice” his son: “The lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you,” Genesis 22:5 (emphasis added). We did a post on this. The third confession is found in the text at the beginning of this post.
Please remember that not a single one of these confessions was made when the Sun was shining and all was well with the one making the confession. It’s easy to praise God then. But Job was sitting in the shambles of what’s left of his life – children, possessions and health all gone. All he had left was a wife with no sympathy for his outlook and integrity. Abraham had to weigh what he was being told to do against the promise of God concerning that very son. Habakkuk was looking at the coming destruction and dissolution of his beloved nation. I wonder how many of us could echo their sentiments in similar circumstances.
I was reading and thinking about the verses in Habakkuk one morning, and they almost arranged themselves into verse form. Here they are –
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vine.
Though the harvest of the olive fail,
And food be hard to find.
Though the flock may come to nothing,
And no oxen in the stall –
Yet I’ll rejoice in Yahweh:
My joy, my God, my All.
May God bless these thoughts as He has to me.
(Originally published March 5, 2013.)