FACING REALITY

Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:17-29

“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 heard in the stables.” (Habakkuk 3:17)

Habakkuk was facing reality. God had previously told him that the Chaldeans were coming to bring judgment upon the rebellion people of Israel. They were a dreaded and fearsome people (1:6,7). Habakkuk accepted this fact and though he dreaded it, he prepared himself for the consequences — the fig tree not blossoming, no fruit on the vines, etc.

Let’s face it — living in this fallen world can be difficult and trying at times. We will face trials, disappointments, suffering, tragedies and death. Christians are not exempt from the consequences of living in a broken world of sin. We should not be surprised when trials come our way — “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you” (I Peter 4:12).

The problem is that most of us are surprised when trials come upon us. We can easily get despondent, confused, or even bitter when we face the difficulties of life. We have to work through our initial emotions and get our eyes on the Lord. Look at what Habakkuk said in the verse prior to this one — “I hear and my body trembles, my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones, my legs tremble beneath me” (v. 16).

But Habakkuk moved on to accept the reality of what was to come. He understood that the circumstances would be difficult. He faced reality and then he turned to the Lord. He wasn’t bitter or angry. He accepted what God was bringing upon him. Here is true faith in action — “The righteous shall live by his faith” (2:4).

Lord, grant me faith to face the difficulties that will come upon my life. Enable me to be prepared so that I will not be surprised when they come. May I keep my eyes on You, O Sovereign King, and rest in Your promise that You will be with me through the difficulties.

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