The Jump and Run Strategy for Avoiding Disaster – Habakkuk 3:19

“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.” Habakkuk questioned God as to why He allowed injustice to prevail and evil to go unpunished in Judah. God answered Habakkuk that He is going to punish the wickedness in Judah by sending the Babylonians to invade it. Then Habakkuk questioned God as to why He would use those less righteous to punish those more righteous. God answered that the righteous live by their faith and that ultimately He will punish the wickedness of the Babylonians. Habakkuk concludes that God’s righteous will prevails and though calamity or disaster may come upon him, he will still rejoice in the salvation of the Lord. “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” (vs. 17-18). Habakkuk is determined to be faithful and persevere no matter what-—to rejoice in the Lord not just when things go right but especially when things go wrong, even when things go very wrong. Just as a deer can sense danger and quickly jump and run to the mountains to find safety, when you are faithful to God, He will give you strength like a deer to jump and run to Him for safety from disaster (vs. 19).

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