I’ve been doing a scripture writing challenge that I found on Pinterest (if you’d like to follow me and do the challenge too just find sherbearhi1104 on Instagram). Today’s challenge was to write my personal life verse, Habakkuk 3:17-19.
Now, if you and I have ever gotten into a spiritual conversation about struggle, pain, anger and loss I have probably brought up this book of the bible. It’s 3 chapters. It’s simple. It’s raw. It’s honest and real. Habakkuk is mad at God. He’s frustrated, and he lets his frustrations be made known to God. He doesn’t hold back, and God answers him. It’s maybe not the answer Habakkuk wanted to hear, but it’s an answer.
Habakkuk is justifiably upset with his current situation. ” ‘O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you Violence! and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? (1:2-3a)’ ”
The Lord’s Answer, “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. (vs. 5)
The Lord goes on to explain that He is going to use the Chaldeans a “bitter and hasty nation, whose own might is their god!” To tear down fortresses, and laugh at kings. In the process the people will be abused, and trampled. Habakkuk then cries out, “Why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? (vs. 13b)” The Lord answers simply saying that Habakkuk needs to write down the vision from God and “make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay (2:2-3).”
Sometimes in our lives we beg and beg for something to happen. We ask God, “Why are you letting this illness continue? Why am I in pain? How much more can I take? I am a servant, why aren’t you listening to me!? And then we are confronted with a simple truth, to be a believer means we have to be willing to accept the good with the “perceived” bad. You see, God said to Habakkuk, write down plainly what I’m saying to you, I WILL do what I said I’m going to do. I’m just going to do it in my time. And because it’s my timing, it’s not delayed… IT’S PERFECT!
And that’s when we see one of the most humbling and perfect verses I have ever memorized,
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vine. Though the labor of the olive may fail and the fields yield no food. Though the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stall, YET I will REJOICE in the Lord. I will GLORY in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength. He will make my feet like deer’s feet so that I may run on the high hills (3:17-19).”
You see what Habakkuk did there? He just used one simple word to describe the perfect timing of God’s plans. Even in the midst of devastation, abuse, sadness, pain, depression, anger, desperation and fear Habakkuk said, “YET.” It’s an amazingly beautiful word. It speaks volumes of what our faith should look like when we walk it out daily. We need to be in the practice of telling God where our heart is, but we need to then follow up the prayer with our FAITH by saying to God – YET.
I may be in pain, YET You are a God of healing.
I may be depressed, YET You are a God of mercy.
I may have been abandoned, YET You are a God that rescues.
I may be hurt, scared, and anxious, YET You are a God who knows my heart, and you are a God that has a PERFECT plan.
And so I say simply, YET!
Yahweh (I am)