Yet I Will Rejoice
In the three short chapters of the unlikely book of Habakkuk we find a fascinating dialogue between the prophet and God. Habakkuk is explaining to God that things are not going well in his life. Nothing is as it’s supposed to be. Habakkuk complains of injustices, violence, destruction and strife.
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But God’s answer in chapter 1 verse 5 is exciting: Look, watch, be amazed, because I’m going to do something great! However, Habakkuk doesn’t think God’s plan sounds all that great. It seems that God is going to allow them to be entirely wiped out by their enemies.
Fortunately, the prophet decides to climb up into the watchtower and wait for God to explain the answer. And God does. God also reminds Habakkuk that “if it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed” (Habakkuk 2:3 NLT).
Habakkuk must have been encouraged by God’s second answer because the final prayer he sings states that even though his livelihood is gone and his possessions have vanished, even if the cupboards are bare, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
Five Reasons to Rejoice
From reading Scripture we can know that whatever is going wrong, whatever the trials are, we as Christians have at least five biblical reasons to rejoice.
1. We have salvation (Isaiah 61:10).
2. Trials produce strong character (Romans 5: 1-5).
3. Trouble gives us an opportunity to witness (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
4. Enduring hard times focuses our attention on heaven (Matthew 5:11-12).
5. Jesus, our example, rejoiced in suffering (Luke 22:19-20).
I Peter 4:12-13 (NIV) says, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
To those of us who are in the midst of trials, waiting for God’s glory to be revealed may be very difficult. It can help to remember that trials are temporary. God will eventually make everything right. In the mean time, we can follow Habakkuk’s example and climb up into our watch towers to steadfastly wait for God’s answers. And while we wait we can choose to rejoice through Jesus Christ.