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: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Have you ever watched the news and wondered if the world has gone mad? Violence in cities, schools, and even churches is on the rise, and it can be unsettling. Around 600 B.C., the prophet Habakkuk had similar concerns. Evil had become the norm in Judah, and he didn't understand why God was tolerating it.

The book of Habakkuk portrays a discouraged prophet who can't figure out what God is doing and is searching for answers. Why doesn't God put an end to the violence and injustice in Judah? God answers that He will use the mighty Babylonians to chastise the people of Judah. Perplexed by His answer, Habakkuk struggles to understand God's ways. Why does God use the evil Babylonians, who are far worse than the Jews, to bring judgement on Judah? God answers that He will use the Babylonians for His purpose, and in time they will be punished.

In the final chapter, Habakkuk finds peace with God and realizes His ways are always best. He learns that the righteous must live by faith and trust in God's sovereignty. (Habakkuk 2:4) Habakkuk concludes his book with a lovely psalm of praise. One of the greatest expressions of faith in the Bible, Habakkuk chooses to rejoice in God even if he suffers loss.

Father, I don't always understand the things that happen in the world, but I trust in Your sovereignty. You are great and worthy to be praised. In Jesus' name. Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.