Habakkuk: Faith in the Face of a Crisis

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33 ESV.

The Greek word translated “tribulation” is translated “anguish” in verse 21 of John 16. The word is used to express a situation that has no escape, but must be passed through, as in natural childbirth. 

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28 ESV

Tribulation is just one of those “all things.” And our fear is replaced by faith when we consider the love and faithfulness of God:

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:37-38 ESV

With these passages and the principles they contain, as background in our thoughts, we are now ready to appreciate Habakkuk’s faith.

If you are not sure how to find it, look at the table of contents in the front of your Bible.  Turn to Habakkuk.  You will see that it is a short book. Short but not insignificant. Verse 2:4 is quoted three times in the New Testament.  (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).  Chapter 3, verse 8, is one of the strongest statements of faith in the entire Bible!

Chapter 1, Habakkuk wants to know why God has allowed so much evil to exist in Judah. When God says that He is sending Babylon’s army to devastate the land and the people, Habakkuk is alarmed that God would use pagan Gentiles to bring about so great a destruction.

Chapter 2, God informs him that Babylon will be judged, eventually God’s glory will fill the Earth, but during the meantime the “just” (or “righteous”) shall live by faith in God. 

Chapter 3, Habakkuk reviews the greatness of God. And then, in verses 16 through 19, he expresses his great faith in God. Habakkuk states that even if there is total devastation of the land, all livelihood gone, all food gone:

“…yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.” 

Conclusion:

The Corona virus is:

      • just one of those things
      • a tribulation that we will pass through
      • does not indicate God’s lack of presence or love.
      • no reason to fear and worry as those who do not know the Lord Jesus.
      • no reason to not rejoice in the Lord

God bless you, 

Bruce