BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Habakkuk 3:17-18 – “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; 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!”
Of the three chapters in the book of Habakkuk, the first two recount a dialogue between God and the prophet, Habakkuk. The central message of these two chapters is “the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk was a wise man and knew what to do when things went wrong and a hopeless season seemed to be on the horizon. Although Habakkuk lived in devastating times and witnessed destruction all around him, he knew God was bigger than everything within his sight. So, what did he do? Habakkuk did what every grounded, faith walking Christian would do—he invited God into his circumstances by rejoicing and praising His name.
Are you faced with a situation today that seems hopeless? Are you perplexed because you’re not sure what to do while living in these devastating times? Many people in Houston, Texas this week have experienced major loss. Hurricane Harvey left many residents in the Lone Star State homeless. Lives were destroyed in Harvey’s destructive path. When we are struck with circumstances, we don’t give in to these testing times, but rather give our circumstances over to God.
We have all had our share of experiencing devastating times. What I have come to realize is that no matter how difficult things may seem, God always seemed to have a plan to bring me out of the issues and back into a place of victory.
The prophet Habakkuk gives us a guide on what to do when things look bleak. He illustrates to us that when nothing seems to be going right, no fruit is producing and all your resources have been destroyed, he reminds us the best thing to do is not to complain, murmur or curse. Instead, rejoice and praise God during such a time. Habakkuk knew that he had to get the attention of God because when you have His attention, you are now in a good place to receive deliverance, victory and miracles.
Throughout the Bible, I noticed there are two ways to capture God’s attention. In Exodus, God mentions that He indeed hears the cry of His people—and in the book of Psalms, it mentions how God inhabits the praise of His people. Praying and praising during devastating times captures God’s attention and allows Him to determine how He will make any situation a victorious ending.
Don’t think you have been singled out. Don’t believe destruction only follows you. Remember, God hears the praise of His people. Your praise is a connecting communication from your mouth to God’s ears. No matter what you’re experiencing in the natural, know that when God shows up, demons flee. When God shows up, miracles happen.
When God shows up, hope is injected into once hopeless situations. When God shows up, resources you never had before become available. When God shows up, a way is made. However, if we never connect with God, then we never would have the opportunity to claim victory over devastating times.
If your situation did not kill you and you’re able to read this right now, it means that you are in a position to turn your circumstances around by getting God’s attention today. God is looking to move you in a different direction and, sometimes, moving you in a new direction first means to go through a job layoff, unexpected trouble or loss of a house. It is your devastating time that God will use to redirect you into a great destiny. So, rejoice during your season of circumstances as it is only a season and the best is yet to come.
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