Are you one of those folks who find Thanksgiving and even the Christmas season difficult to get through because of the circumstances surrounding your life? Maybe it’s a personal issue or family issue that has you troubled and even singing the blues. Maybe it’s a sickness or a death that has touched your life over the past year. Perhaps you are one of the millions of people in America or in another country who are out of work or whose work does not pay the bills and you constantly struggle. None of us can turn on the news today and not realize that we are living in an incredibly unstable and dangerous period of world history.
How am I then supposed to give thanks? How am I to be genuinely thankful, in the midst of such turmoil and troublesome times?
The book of Habakkuk gives us some incredible insight into these questions. The book begins with the prophet lamenting the gloom and doom of the time period in which he lived. Judgments have already begun to come upon Israel. Impending judgment coming from Babylonian is just on the horizon. It was an incredibly dark time to be living in the Promised Land. Even so, the book ends with an incredible revelation.
Habakkuk 3:17–19 (NASB95) 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places…
Habakkuk waded through all the circumstances and saw the LORD as Lord of all. He recognized that everything the just person does is to be done by faith.
Habakkuk 2:4 (NASB95) 4 “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.
Habakkuk received the revelation that no matter what was happening around him, God would be faithful to him if he would be faithful to God! And for that he gave thanks and praise, in spite of and not because of, his present circumstances.
Think of thankfulness and praise in difficult times as both seed sown and watered for a better day to come. Understand the LORD looks at this as great faith and will respond with great reward in due season. Until that new season comes, be thankful for His sustaining grace through whatever hardship or pain you may be experiencing. He will be your strength. He will give your spiritual legs the ability to walk out of the difficult situation. He will cause you to stand at the top of the mountain and experience His presence.
Let’s give praise and thanksgiving to our faithful God and Heavenly Father!