Series: Trusting God in Trying Times
Where do we get the strength to survive in trying times—whether it’s a personal trial like the death of a loved one—or it’s a national trial, like the sliding of our nation toward’s Gomorrah?
Habakkuk, as we have seen, was a prophet of God who lived during very trying times in the nation of Judah. In this last chapter, he encourages the remnant of believers to find their strength in the Lord.
Habakkuk 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
This whole chapter is a prayer, but it’s a prayer that is also a song. The odd word, “Shigionoth,” [SHA-GUY-AH-NOTH] probably refers to some sort of musical notation or instrument. At the end of the chapter, we have confirmation that this is also a song:
Habakkuk 3:19b To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Why did Habakkuk write this prayer-song down? Well, one benefit of writing a prayer is that it can reach and encourage more people. That’s what Habakkuk was doing here. He wanted to encourage the remnant of Judah (who were about to be conquered by the Babylonians) with a prayer of praise to God.
He wanted to remind them where to turn in the dark times ahead. Then he put his prayer into a song form so that it could be memorized easily and sung by the captive remnant like we might sing a hymn today to lift our spirits.
Of course, this prayer-song also was inspired by the Holy Spirit, so it became part of God’s Word and now it can encourage us today.
Today many Christians are afraid of losing our nation. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I do know where to turn for strength even if the worst possible things happen to me, my family, and my nation.
Habakkuk knew where to find strength in trying times. First, he teaches us that…