Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:17-19
“God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19)
Habakkuk’s name in Hebrew means “one who is embraced.” Throughout the book you can see how God embraced Habakkuk. God gave him answers to his questions. He comforted him in his confusion. He gave Habakkuk a reassuring vision of Himself as a mighty warrior-king. In Habakkuk’s greatest time of struggle, God embraced him.
It was then that Habakkuk came to perfect peace and joy. He knew that the Lord was his strength — “God, the Lord is my strength.” He knew that God would sustain him through the times of difficulty that were to come upon him. He knew that he was safe in the Lord’s hands.
“He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places.” This is a picture of a deer on the hillside. The deer is swift and in a place of safety; it is surefooted and secure. God does not leave us alone in our times of difficulty. He comes to us and gives us strength. He reminds us that we are safe and secure in His loving arms.
Habakkuk moved from fear (v. 16) to faith (vs. 17-19). As he began to left his eyes off the circumstances and focused them on God, he found an incredible peace and joy. He knew that God was with him and that he would give him the strength he needed to face the difficulties that were coming upon him.
The key to facing trials and difficulties is to keep our eyes on Jesus. When we do, we will be able to face whatever comes our way. We will find peace and joy. Habakkuk learned that “the righteous shall live by faith” (2:4). Faith in our Savior is the key to finding security and peace during times of struggle.
Lord Jesus, enable me to keep my eyes on You and not on the circumstances around me. When I go through difficult times, I know You are with me and that You will give me strength to face whatever comes my way.
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