Habbakkuk was a prophet during the reign of an evil King. Evil appeared to be flourishing, and God seemed to remain silent. Habbakkuk communicated his frustration to God. It seemed as though God wasn’t doing anything about the evil, and the prophet dared to pour out his frustration. There is a dialogue between Habakkuk and God. In the last verses of the last chapter of the Book that bears his name, Habakkuk surrenders to God and chooses to believe that no matter what, God is God and He is in control.
Habakkuk lists the worst-case scenarios that could happen to him. He describes difficulties, tragedy, disappointments and discouraging circumstances. He then tells what his response will be to anything that happens. He made a choice about how to respond before the situation happened. In some versions, the word “nevertheless” is used. Perhaps this is the “Nevertheless Factor,” the “No-Matter-What Factor.” It is something you need to do as a believer. You need to decide beforehand how you will respond.
“I will exult in the Lord.” The idea is, “praise the Lord anyway.” This is a matter of the will, not a matter of the “feel.” It is a choice you make. You can always choose to worship and praise God.
Then Habakkuk said, “I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” He chose to rejoice because he has the greatest reason to experience joy, which is his salvation. The most profound decision a person can make is to personally receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. No matter what happens to you, you are still going to heaven; you are still going to miss hell. The only source of salvation is Jesus Christ. Why don’t you begin praising God right now for your salvation? May we never take for granted what Jesus did for us at the cross.
How can you have joy in the midst of bad things? Because God is your strength, God is your source of joy.
Daily Do It
I have no way of knowing what is going on in your life right now; however, I do know God is still God; and as you choose to praise Him, great peace and joy have the best opportunity to enter your heart.
Today beginning practicing the “Nevertheless Factor.” What is weighing you down and discouraging you? What is causing you the greatest stress?
List the number-one stress in your life. Write it down. Now, say the words, “Nevertheless, I will Praise the God of my salvation.”
Quote of the Day
“Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph, a victim into victory.”