Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls – 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18
Habakkuk lived through the reigns of Josiah (very good) and Jehoiakim (very bad). This was also a time of oppression, as first Egypt and then Babylon conquered and ruled them. Israel was under bondage his whole life. Things were not good.
Habakkuk knew that the Babylonian scourge was coming; God told him so. It was like being the only one who knew something like our 9/11 was on the way – but worse!
Babylon was God’s…corrective measure to get Israel to return to Him. It didn’t look like that to those who lived through it, but God’s perspective on events is much wider than ours. What He does He does for our benefit.
Even the spankings!
This is what He taught Habakkuk, Israel, and us. God is the God of our salvation! No matter what’s happening in within our narrow vision of time, it’s all going to work out for us.
Rejoice in the Lord!