“The world is going crazy,” are words that I have heard from many quarters. Such groans are getting louder and more insistent from every corner of the world. The world is indeed spiraling out of control as evident with each new news article – and men’s hearts are failing for fear of what is coming into the world. And we are instructed not to allow the evidence of the world to destroy our faith – yet the words of Scripture appear to be diametrically contrary to our observations. And we wonder where it will all lead to and cry out to God Who seems to be not there. God seems to be hiding His power. God seems to be withdrawing His presence. God seems to be oblivious to all His hurting children.
And believers cry out why? They demand answers.. and yet, the answer is an open secret, deep in the annals of Scripture… a hiding of His power. In Habakkuk 3:4-5 we read: His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light. He had horns coming out of his hand, and there was the hiding of his power.. and Habakkuk means “Embracer of Burdens”. Now is a time of faith’s testing for the saints, and of unprecedented Satanic fierceness. God’s kingdom and Christ’s authority are being challenged with increasing intensity. Either the Lord is preparing something new, or He is bringing all to consummation. Such times demand outstanding strength and endurance for victory to be assured. In Revelation 2 we read: be enduringly faithful to the very point of death.
Habakkuk’s writings demonstrate him to be a deeply burdened man, and he was also a great prayer warrior – and for three chapters his colloquy displays mutual and intimate intercourse with God. Habakkuk and God carried on a reciprocal Spirit to spirit, Soul to soul communion. Together they had deep communion – Depth to depth fellowship, yet throughout it all there was a hiding of God’s power. Habakkuk was deeply discouraged. The wicked ruled and seemingly escaped all the judgment they assuredly deserved, and yet the righteous suffered greatly and the intensity of their grief only multiplied.
Habakkuk was deeply dismayed and profoundly discouraged. Habakkuk could not see God working out His plans in the temporal realm. Habakkuk continually saw oppression and injustice piling over the heads of the righteous: O Lord, he cried, O Lord, how long shall I cry. How long wilt Thou not hear! I even cry out unto thee of violence, and You wilt not save! But the Lord informed him that far worse was to come, and there was only to be one way to live: faith – Faith. Faith was the only answer that Habakkuk was given: but the just shall live by his faith.
Habakkuk was to live by faith in contradistinction to all that he saw in his surroundings. He was to live diametrically opposite to all Satan instigated in the world against him, and throughout it all, there was a hiding of God’s presence and a hiding of God’s power. How similar to the wicked workings of today’s satanically driven world, and yet the accumulating wickedness of our sin-sick world greatly exceeds Habakkuk’s day. Does it seem to you that within your distress that there is a hiding of God’s power and a hiding of God’s presence?
Little gems of encouragement pepper the dialogue between Habakkuk and the Lord. We read: For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie, Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come – it will not tarry. While others may bewail that “the Lord delays His coming”, remember the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him: He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. He will not delay!
Right in the midst of all the harsh and bitter judgment the Lord gloriously declares that: the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. It took time and much heartache for Habakkuk to learn the vital lesson from God.. that though things looked hopeless, the very opposite was really true. Though he saw no evidence of hope, he must watch and wait for God was in control. That all was being worked out according to God’s preordained and perfect plan.
It also takes time and much heartache for us to learn these lessons too. Today, as in the time of Habakkuk, God truly does seem to be hiding His power. In the unseen realm the enemy knows time is short and he’s multiplying mayhem. But in the spiritual realm, the enemy is defeated – the saints are being freed – freed unto the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Let us not fall to the enemy’s deceptive ploy of deep discouragement – but let us like Habakkuk become true prayer warriors, joining our intercessions with the prayers of the just of all ages, who in the midst of great difficulties and mountainous trials lived by faith in the Son of God
Let us embrace in the Spirit, the burden of our Lord for His despairing people, and become like Habakkuk, an “Embracer of Burdens” For you see, right in the very middle of the most testing time when all seemed totally lost, in faith, Habakkuk sang his amazing sacrifice of praise: although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines – the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat. The flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls…
Although all around me is crumbling and dying, and though the economy crashes, though my house in flattened: equipment breaks: there is no food in the fridge. Though there is anarchy in the streets: and the bread-baskets of the world utterly fail.. though everything I valued and all that I held dear is disintegrating and decaying. Though my relationships are falling apart and friends and family are hostile toward me – thought pestilence ravage the earth, and apostasy and criticism is rife in Christendom. Though all needs and necessities of life are being snatched from under our feet… Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. Yet I will joy in the God of my salvation”. The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet. He will make me to walk upon mine high places.
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