An encouraging word from Habakkuk 3

 

Biblical Israel Ministries & Tours (BIMT) is all about teaching the Bible in the context of the land of Israel and other biblical countries (Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy). We teach the historical geography of the Bible as well as archaeology, customs and culture of the land. We aim to make connections between  the Bible and the land in all that we do.

This is another session in the new series of teaching videos called “Devotions from Israel.” This brief five-minute devotional comes from Habakkuk 3. The setting for this narrative is the Hill Country of Judah.

 

About the Devotional

 
 
In the midst of trials, suffering, and even loss, God’s faithfulness never fails us. When it seems as though hope is not to be found anywhere in the difficult circumstances of life, God is always there for us. We are invited to lean upon Him at all times.
 
Habakkuk was a late 7th century prophet, with a ministry to the Southern Kingdom of Judah. At this time, Judah was experiencing difficulty. All around the country there were areas of Judeans who abandoned God and His Law. Unfaithfulness to God led to words of warning from prophets like Habakkuk concerning this level of disobedience. On top of this, living situations were challenging. While King Josiah initiated religious reforms (bringing to an end the high places and cultic centers established around the country), the people had displayed rebellion against God and were now encountering the results of their waywardness.
 
On top of this, the mighty Babylonians were beginning their strike from the north upon Judah. God used this invasion by this northern enemy as punishment for Judah’s unlawful ways. This made the daily routines of life difficult. Crops were devastated and food was scarce.

“In the worst of situations, we can still find joy and strength in God. Even in times when we have wandered away from Him, He is faithful to receive us back. He is our ultimate source of joy!”

Hill Country of Judah
Yet in the midst of these challenges, Habakkuk shared these encouraging words to his fellow Judeans as he invited them to return to God and find joy in Him:
 
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
 
Don’t miss those words of encouragement: “I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in Godmy Savior, The Sovereign Lord is my strength.” Even in the worst of situations we can find joy and strength in who God is!
 
Are you facing difficulties in life? Even in the lowest of situations, you can find hope and joy in God.
 
I hope you enjoy this video below. These five minute devotionals will be produced on a regular basis. We are sharing two devotionals per week this summer. As you are encouraged by the video, please consider sharing this post with others for their encouragement as well.

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