Songs Of Hope & Restoration – Part 2

Habakkuk 3:17-19 New Living Translation (NLT)

17 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,

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
    He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
    able to tread upon the heights.
This is one of the most powerful songs of faith and hope that I have read in scripture. How can Habakkuk burst out into song when there is no fruit or harvest after a season of sowing, when there is great loss and pain after huge investment and hard work? You have to read the full story of this minor prophetic book in the scripture to understand the context The prophet did not start with rejoicing but rather with doubt, anger, anxiety, confusion and battle with injustice. He could not see God at work. He had to process his internal narrative before His heart was free to find his song! Here are some principles to ponder as you apply it to your story:
1. He engaged God with his confusion, doubts and questioning. We can run to God and not hide or disconnect. God can handle your heart.
2. He repositioned and postured himself to see what God was doing, and hear what God was saying.
3. He was restored in his perspective when he encountered God and received a revelation of a new future.
4. He embraced God as the One who will give him the grace to endure the moment of challenge! He recovered His song and joy!

Prayer: Father, we run to your heart and bring our anxiety, fears confusion to you.

Strengthened our hearts and hands!! By your spirit we choose to rejoice and trust You. In Jesus Name Amen!

God’s peace and favour as you start your day strong!

Yvonne Masella

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