December 18 Habakkuk’s Hug

Photo by Stacey Lewis

Photo by Stacey Lewis

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19;  Revelation 9:1-21;  Psalm 137:1-9;  Proverbs 30:10

Need a hug?

God’s people sure did.  They were scared.  They knew what was coming as a result of God’s judgement on their sin.  Babylon was knocking on their door.

Yes, they had messed up, but God in His love and compassion sent a “hugger” in their midst to tell them not to lose heart–or hope.

Habakkuk, the Old Testament prophet and one of my favorites, means “embracer”–one who embraces another to give comfort and assurance.

Habakkuk prays:

“Lord, I have heard of your fame:  I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord.  Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”  3:2

Habakkuk professes:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign Lord is my strength;  He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”  3:17-19

Habakkuk hugs.

God hugs and wraps His arms around us with His Word of hope and promise.

O Lord, as we wait for your return keep us faithful; keep us strong in You no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter what troubles surround us or dangers we encounter because we still live in a fallen world.  O Lord, we praise your ways that are eternal–your mercy and compassion; your justice and faithfulness; your redeeming love shown to us through your Son, Jesus Christ.  We eagerly await your return!  Come Lord, Jesus!  In your name we pray, Amen.

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