Habakkuk 3 has the prophet continuing to wait upon the Lord. In this chapter, he prays. “I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear”. While Habakkuk has been vocal about his disappointment in God’s slow response to the evil around him, he also understands that God alone is in control and the timing of His response is all His – not something He’s seeking Habakkuk or anyone else to provide input. We sometimes forget who is in charge and try to tell God what to do too. But God alone sits in authority over our universe. He’s not necessarily looking for our input, just our obedience.
Habakkuk realizes that God has a plan for His people. God is in the restoration business, but on His terms and His timeline. “You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck”. And God will win, no matter who the adversary may be. We can read the end of the book and know that God alone prevails. He is the victor over all evil. We need to cling to that and let Him be God.
While Habakkuk has been impatient about God’s response, he seems to be understanding that his pushing isn’t going to necessarily move God to do it sooner. God has His own timeline. So Habakkuk concedes saying “Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us”. He realizes that all things happen in God’s time and in God’s way. His job is to wait upon the Lord and walk in obedience to Him. Too often we want to dictate what we say and do and don’t necessarily seek God’s direction and walk in His ways.
But there is plenty to rejoice in. God has prepared an amazing future for those of us who chose to deal with our sin and be set free for an eternity in His presence. “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”. We have an amazing future ahead if we walk with God. That means addressing the sin problem that we have because of the choices we make that are contrary to God’s will and ways. But Jesus came to provide a way for us to overcome those things – a free gift of grace we have only to receive!