Though the fig tree may not blossom, ... yet I will rejoice in the Lord. —Habakkuk 3:17-18
One of the shortest books in the Old Testament is the book of Habakkuk. In its three brief chapters we see an amazing transformation in the prophet's outlook on life. His opening words express depths of despair, but at the close of the book he has risen to heights of joy. What caused this remarkable change? Why did Habakkuk begin with a complaint and end with a song of praise?
The answer lies in three verses in chapter 2. In addition to God’s message of judgment on the wicked, the Almighty told the troubled prophet, "The just shall live by his faith" (v.4). He also promised that someday the earth would "be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (v.14). Finally, He assured him that "the Lord is in His holy temple" (v.20). These wonderful truths were just what Habakkuk needed to lift him out of his deep depression. By fixing his eyes on God, he rose above his discouraging circumstances and found a source of lasting joy in the Lord.
Like the prophet, we too must walk by faith and look forward to that glorious time when Jesus will return to earth to set up His kingdom of peace and righteousness. Maintaining our confidence in Him is the secret of true joy!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of the deer, he enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19