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
Sometimes things happen and we can make absolute no sense what so ever of them….and then things don’t get better…maybe even worse if that’s possible. We have a choice in those moments to throw in the towel on faith, give up and turn our back on God, OR we can take all that we don’t understand, all our disappointment, discouragement, anger, doubts, fear… and wrestle it out with God. As a mother of six I can honestly say I’d rather my kids “wrestle” out their deepest thoughts and feelings with me any day, than pretend things are “fine” or just walk away and give up all together.
Habakkuk was a man who wrestled. In fact his name means “he that embraces; a wrestler”. “The major theme of Habakkuk is trying to grow from a faith of perplexity and doubt to the height of absolute trust in God.” ABSOLUTE TRUST isn’t that the key! Romans 8:28 does not say we will SEE all things work together for good, it says we will KNOW that in all things God works for the good…
When we wrestle with God through the testing of our faith it produces perseverance and we are encouraged in James 1:3-4 to let perseverance finish its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 1 Peter 1:3-4 reminds of of the LIVING hope we have in Jesus, that we have an inheritance coming to us in heaven that will never spoil, perish or fade! In verse 7 he reminds us that our faith is of greater worth than gold!
So hold on or rather let God hold on to you when your strength is weak and even wrestling has made you weary. Psalm 74:9 says of those weary people, none of us knows how long this will be. But in verses 12-17 they remind themselves 13 times of different ways He has shown He is the one true God Almighty. He is worthy of our absolute trust even when we don’t understand and we can’t see.
Jesus wrestled in the garden of Gethsemane yet chose to embrace the situation so that we would never have to wrestle for victory. We may wrestle, but it’s from the side of victory- praise Jesus!! Satan knows this so he will do everything in his power to keep you from the fight of faith. So don’t give him the satisfaction of surrendering that which Jesus won for you! It’s a high price to pay for a world that is fleeting and temporary, so don’t let go, don’t give in, wrestle it out. Know the God who gave His life so that this world would not be your home, but that you would be a child of the King, a citizen of a Kingdom not of this world!!!
I heard a quote somewhere, “If you aren’t a believer: this world is as good as it’s ever gonna get. If you are a believer in Jesus: this world is as bad as it’s ever gonna get.”
Independent Read: Psalm 73, Job 23:20, Isaiah 41:10, John 3:16, John 16:33