The ending song of Habakkuk 3 is one of the most beautiful passages in all of scripture. Listen to the end of Habakkuk’s song: “Though the fig tree should not blossom nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield not food, the clock be cut off from the fold and there be no heard in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation“ Hab 3:17-18
In a world where people’s faith becomes more and more circumstantial, Habakkuk stands out among the hypocritical American culture as an example of true Biblical faith in the everlasting, unending goodness of God. Americans are poisoned with ideals of self-entitlement and pride and it has perverted the way we view ourselves to our creator. We treat God as our servant to give us all the good things we want such as money, success, love, and health. In fact we are so bold to demand these gifts from our creator. We seek and desire God simply as a means to gain the idols we worship This mindset provides us with the opposite of Gospel centered humility and instead fills us with satanic pride. We seek God not to gain stuff, but to gain God himself.
You don’t have to go very far to see this mindset to show it’s ugly head. How many times does humanity turn it’s back on God when instead of wealth he gives poverty or disease instead of health? Many people abandoned the faith of Christianity when God won’t succumb to the ideals they have for their lives. This shows a lack of understanding of the Gospel and a lack of true salvific faith.
Most of us, including myself, would hope to have the same faith as Habakkuk in the midst of suffering. Sure the guy had some questions, but he never doubted the goodness or faithfulness of God. He always trusted in Him and that is proven in his song. Although the mandate of suffering isn’t a popular one in Christianized America, it’s a biblical one none the less and the question is not that if suffering will occur but when and how we will respond to it. Will we respond in arrogance and hatred towards God, or will we respond in humble worship of our great Savior and sustainer? If we get to the point where God becomes the object of our affection and worship and not the anxiety of our circumstances, even if calamity strikes us, our faith will be unshaken, because God remains King and He is good.