The Sovereign Lord Is My Strength | Habakkuk 3:17-19
Habakkuk 3:17-19 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 tread on the heights.
Strength is not found in stuff. In fact, there are times when the stuff just isn’t there. Inadequacy may be the reality, but fear doesn’t have to be the result.
Today’s passage is one of my favorites. It shoots down the prosperity teaching that promises tenfold material return on my giving. Sometimes the fig tree does not bud, vines are fruitless, crops fail, pens and stalls are empty. That’s reality, isn’t it? However, there’s another reality. Even when I am going through a tough stretch, “yet I [can] rejoice in the Lord, I [can] be joyful in God my Savior.”
The fear of inadequacy is met when I realize that “the Sovereign Lord is my strength.” In the face of an impossible situation, an impasse, God enables me to “tread on the heights.” God gives me all I need to climb my personal pole of fear. With God on my side, I don’t have to fear fruitless vines, empty stalls, or cropless fields. God plus nothing else is more than enough to quench my fears.
Father, drive this truth deep into my fearful heart. Help me keep my trust settled in you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.