The small book of Habakkuk in the Old Testament has a powerful message for us today. Habakkuk voices the same questions that many have thought throughout history. 1) “How long shall I cry, and thou shalt not hear?” And 2) How long will the wicked go unpunished?. That is recorded in chapter one. In chapter two he starts out by boldly and somewhat arrogantly saying, “I (Habakkuk) will watch to see what he (God ) will say unto me.” It seems as if he feels that God is in a trap and is at a loss for answers to those hard questions. Like an attorney who has just put forth his best argument, Habakkuk will now sit back and wait for the courts verdict against God.

But in the second chapter God answers. He gives Habakkuk a vision and proclaims that judgement will come, wait for it and in the meantime proclaims that “the just shall live by faith.” (vs.4) When God gives a vision, be it visual, mental or otherwise it is something that one never forgets. In the last chapter, then, Habakkuk has his answer and proclaims, “Even though the fig tree shall have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.” (vs. 17,18)

Job’s questions were the same, “”Behold I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard; I cry aloud, but there is no judgement”. After the Lord answers, however, he is a different man and says, “I have heard of thee by the hearing, but now my eye seeth thee.”

In 600BC the Lord asked for a man that would “stand in the Gap” (Ez.22;30) and He is still asking. WE of faith have a choice, we can sit on the back pew of a church, remain anominous and coast or step to the plate, search for the deep things of God, be led by the Spirit and experience the power of God and the abundant life.

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firmly remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Stead-fast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love. (Will Your Anchor Hold?)

Posted on December 21st, 2013