Hab. 3:17-19 THANK GOD ANYHOW!
102 Pilgrims in 1620. 56 died due to starvation, disease and the cold
winter. In 1621, 46 Pilgrims and 91
Indians met to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and for the preservation of
* Those folks had every reason to be
depressed and discouraged, but they were thankful anyhow!
*The book of Habakkuk was written
against a backdrop of apostasy, judgment and unbelievable hardship. It was
written during a time when Jehoiakim the king of Judah led the people back into
idolatry and away from the Lord. As a
result, God is preparing to judge the nation. Habakkuk is having trouble
understanding why God would use a heathen nation like Babylon to punish His people. He cannot understand why God doesn’t just
purge their sins and draw them back to Himself and to righteousness.
* Habakkuk is a lot like Job. He argues his case, but in the end, he
realizes that God is not to be worshiped merely because of the temporal,
material and physical blessings of life, but simply for Who He is.
* Thus, he ends his words with a
song of thanksgiving to God for Who He is and for the unchanging benefits that
belong to those who know Him! Habakkuk had reason to fret, but he chose to be
* The keywords of these verses are “although
and yet. Habakkuk is saying, “I sure don’t understand all that
is happening, but I am going to thank God anyhow!
* I want to take these verses and
show you that regardless of how things may look on the surface, we have a
reason to “Thank God Anyhow!
v. 17-18a THANK GOD, HIS SOVEREIGNTY NEVER CHANGES
* Ill. Circumstances change, God never does – Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8; James 1:17! (Ill. Egypt
7 years of plenty, 7 years of famine; Ill. Jobs life; Ill. Great Depression;
Ill. Our own
may not be able to rejoice in my situation, but I can always rejoice in my
Habakkuk is painting a bleak portrait of the future, but he looks away to a God
Who is always the same!
Self-existent; eternal; changeless; covenant-keeping God the I
AM. The One we can depend on in
desperate time; we can trust in troublesome time; we can believe during
unbelievable times; we can lean on Him at all times!
may not always know what He is doing, Isa.
55:8-9; but we can always trust Him to do what is right, Gen. 18:25. We may not can always understand His plan,
but we can trust Him to have the best plan, Jer. 29:11; Rom. 8:28.
No matter how things may appear, God is still in control. He still knows best and He always does what
is right. If I can believe this, then 1 Thes. 5:16-18 becomes a possibility
in my life!
He will always be God; therefore we can be thankful anyhow!
18b THANK GOD, HIS SALVATION NEVER CEASES
Ill. Things might get bad in this life, but things do not affect my
Salvation does not depend on things going well.
Salvation rests solely on the grace and power of God!
Ill. Life is uncertain at best, (Ill. One phone call or
doctor’s visit can change everything), salvation is eternal in nature.
The word “salvation applies to more than just the soul. The word also means “deliverance and rescue. That reminds me that this world is not my
home. He is coming to rescue and deliver
His children on day!
Things may get bad here, but this world is not our home, Phil. 3:20! We are headed to
a better land, Rev. 21-22! Praise God, the Lord has been good here, but
the best is yet to come, 1 Pet. 1:3-4!
may get bad here, but things cannot take away my salvation – John 10:28; Heb. 13:5. God’s children are saved “to
the uttermost, Heb. 7:25. –
That is as saved as you can get!
May lose everything here, but I can’t lose Him or what He has given me! (Ill. Job and his hedge!)
(Ill. Isa. 49:14-16 He cant deny us!)
God’s salvation ever ceases; therefore we can be thankful anyhow!
v. 19 THANK GOD, HIS STRENGTH NEVER COLLAPSES
Our strength does not lie within us.
The Lord is our strength – Psa.
27:1; Isa. 40:31; Phil. 4:13.
When we are unable to stand, He enables us.
When we can’t go on, He helps us.
When we are in the deep valley; He leads us to higher ground.
feet speaks of grace, agility and swiftness. High places speaks of the mountain
tops where the deer is free from the dangers found below. Habakkuk is telling us that God enables him
to rise above his circumstances and that God gives him the strength to stand
above the battle and to enjoy precious freedom in the Lord! In other words, he is saying, “God
turns my doubts to shouts! And He gives me peace in midst of my problems!
That is what God did for Job – Job
1:20-21; and Paul – 2 Cor. 12:9.
and that is what He can and will do for you!
God enables His children to stand when their own strength fails; therefore we
can be thankful anyhow!
Conc: In his trials, Habakkuk learned a valuable lesson. He learned a lesson that all of God’s
children need to learn. He learned that
God is both our salvation and our song. (Ill.
Isa. 12:1-2; Ex. 15:2; Psa. 118:4) He learned that he had nothing to fear from
life, but that he had a real reason to be thankful anyhow!
If you are saved, you possess every reason to be thankful that Habakkuk
possessed. So, regardless of what you
might be facing today, look to God, lean on God and be thankful anyhow!