Though the fig tree should not blossom,
__ nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
__ and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
__ and there be no herd in the stalls,
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. (Hab 3:17-19)
Habakkuk was a Jew who lived 600 years before Jesus Christ. Babylon was the most powerful empire of the era and a growing threat to Habakkuk’s people. This sermon explores:
- Habakkuk’s burden (Hab 1:2-4, 12-13)
- The LORD’s answer (Hab 1:5-11; 2:3, 12-20)
- Habakkuk’s turning-point (Hab 3:2, 16)
- The key to joy, regardless (Hab 3:17-19)
Though he lived 2,600 years ago, the lessons contained in Habakkuk’s prophecy are exceedingly important to understand and apply today.
- If my joy is built upon anything other than God, I’m depending upon a foundation too fragile.
- To love and trust and pursue anything more than God is idolatry (Hab 2:18-19).
- As long as I love and trust and pursue ____ more than God, joy will escape me.
- When I trust God to be my strength, my hope, and my Savior, I find joy, regardless.
This sermon was delivered on May 1, 2016.