“I heard and my whole inner self trembled; my lips quivered at the sound. Rottenness enters into my bones and under me down to my feet; I tremble. I will wait quietly for the day of trouble and distress when there shall come up against my people him who is about to invade and oppress them.” Habakkuk 3:16 Amplified
There are only three chapters in the book of Habakkuk, in it he has a conversation with the Lord. He can’t understand why the Lord allows wicked people to do well and oppress the Jewish people. God tells the prophet that He’s using those people to test the righteous.
Our verse today is the prophet describing how he felt knowing that terrible troubles would be coming on the Israelites. I love the last three verses of this book, though, which says, “Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, though the product of the olive fails and the fileds yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, YET I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the victorious God of my salvation. The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invicible army; He makes my feet like hinds feet and will make me to walk, not to stand still in terror, but to walk, and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility!”
Did you catch that last part? All of it is awesome, but the last 12 words are mind blowing! Make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility? Most of us don’t think of trouble, suffering or responsibility as high places. We usually think of them as our valley places. The Lord is telling us to see them as our high places, though. Think of it this way, when we’re going through rough times that’s when we should call out and reach up to God. When you reach up to God that’s when you are making spiritual progress, you’re relying totally on Him, in humility we grow.
Lastly, in verse 19 it says, He will make my feet like hinds feet. A hind is a type of deer or goat. Have you ever seen a mountain goat walk on the high places? You think that at any moment they’ll fall, but they don’t. That’s what God does for us, He keeps us from falling.
No matter how things may appear, know that God is your Strength, personal bravery and invicible army!