"Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord GOD is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places." (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Another season has come and gone. Words like packing, shipping, driving, and flying have been a part of every conversation in baseball homes for the past week. Or maybe those words are not a part of your vocabulary this year.
As some of you know, missing a year due to surgery really takes you “out of the loop.” During that time in our life, I truly missed all that comes along with baseball - even the packing, shipping, driving, and flying! I must say, though, that despite the many challenges of any difficult season of life, one thing remains the same – God is still God. He is still in control. He still loves me. He is still faithful. And He is still worthy of my praise.
Habakkuk 3:17 reminds me of this, although we have different “thoughs” than Habakkuk had. You may have to say, though the numbers weren’t as good as we’d hoped for this year, though we didn’t get called up, though we got traded, though we moved three times this season, though we got released, though we missed an entire season or though we don’t know what lies ahead in this career...
Whatever our “thoughs” – God is still God.
Habakkuk 3:18-19 says that we can exult in the Lord and rejoice in God no matter what, simply because He saved us and because He is our strength. That’s really all the reason we need to praise Him. Our salvation is the most precious gift ever given.
I love the latter part of verse 19 when Habakkuk says He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places. I’ve read that mountain goats have strong hind legs to grasp rocks during their climb. Those legs help them to steadily stand on high places. God helps us too to stand firm in the midst of any mountain we may have to climb, and to walk firmly through our “high places” when “thoughs” come our way.
“Thoughs” surround our lives in every area, not just in baseball. Let’s commit to taking each one of them to God and praising Him for His sovereignty, His saving grace, and His awesome strength. And remember - God is still God!
Prayer: Father God, thank You for never letting me down and for being worthy of my praise even “though” it’s sometimes hard to lift it up.
Suggested Reading: Habakkuk 3