Trust God … no matter what
If you’ve been suffering price shock with every visit to the
gas station or grocery store lately, take heart. Things could be a lot worse.
That reality alone is no cause for encouragement, but
there’s another part to the equation. Things could be a lot worse — but
no matter how bad things get, God is faithful and will honor your trust in Him.
The economy changes. God never does.
The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk lived during an era of
difficult change in his nation. Some 600 years before Christ, the Kingdom of
Judah transitioned from prosperity under King Josiah to conquest by the
Babylonians. Habakkuk probably watched things move from good to bad to worse
during his lifetime.
But Habakkuk held to a foundational philosophy he expressed
at the end of his small book, a book full of difficult questions to God about
the hard seasons of life.
“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 Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my
strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the
heights” (Habakkuk 3:17-19, NIV).
Look at the events the prophet postulated. In his
agricultural society, he was describing the absolute collapse of every material
resource around him. But even if everything fell apart, Habakkuk knew God would
sustain him. And Habakkuk wouldn’t just get by, limping along through life with
a weak smile. He would live joyfully and triumphantly, thanks to God’s
And you can, too.
— Scott Harrup