Daily Devotional: Friday 13th March

by William Moody

Habakkuk 3:17–19

Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

17   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,
18   yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19   GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer's;
    he makes me tread on my high places.
  To the choirmaster: with stringed1 instruments.

Footnotes

[1] 3:19 Hebrew my stringed

(ESV)

So far we have seen from this prayer that crucial element sin praying are:- a. humility, b. worship, c. petition and d. meditation. Now we come to the final element which is e. faith (v17-19).

We have here one of the greatest statements of faith in the bible (v17-18). This statement of faith comes from meditating on the actions of God in the past so that His greatness was so real to Habakkuk in his present day.

The ‘high places’ were places of pagan worship and this phrase speaks of the Lord’s victory over pagan deities. It also speaks of God’s people knowing victory over their enemies.

We fight not against physical enemies who are flesh and blood, we fight against the spiritual forces of the devil (Ephesians 6 v12). Victory happens through faith as we grow with a similar faith to Habakkuk. Faith grows as we rest in God and meditate on His truth about who He is and what He has done.

Read again verses 17-19 and ask if in your soul do you echo the faith of Habakkuk? Pray to God about this and seek His grace for this to be true.

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