Though the Fig Tree Not Blossom, Still Will I Trust God

from Lynda Lindsey

Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us. Habakkuk 3:16(b)

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

God, the Lord, is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me tread on my high places. Habakkuk 3:19

Habakkuk, distressed by God’s seeming indifference to injustice and God’s slow response to His people’s anguished pleas for help, questioned God: if You see evil and injustice and hear Your people’s cries, why do You delay; why don’t You immediately intervene? God assured Habakkuk that every situation is under God’s firm control, that His unstoppable judgment is hastening on, and that Habakkuk would be astounded at God’s revealed plan. Like Habakkuk, our responsibility is to live by faith, worship our faithful God, and prayerfully watch and wait for His certain intervention. 

God’s faithful children walk by faith, waiting quietly, humbly, expectantly for God’s deliverance. But woe to the proud, the arrogant and greedy, to those who devise evil and injustice for others. Woe to those who shed innocent blood and gain wealth by plundering the poor and needy. Woe to those who reject and spurn God, those who trust in worthless man-made idols for their salvation. Woe to men of any nation who taunt God, for scoffers and the rebellious ones will be brought to an end, overwhelmed with the same destruction they once used to terrify others.

Habakkuk, after listening to God, joyfully affirmed God’’s goodness and sovereignty.  God, our strength, enables us to tread on high, dangerous places as nimble and sure-footed as deer scamper over rocky mountains. Should fig trees fail to bloom, should grapes not grace the vine, should olives fail to mature, Habakkuk still declared his trust in God and his allegiance to Him. Should the cattle stalls and sheep pens be empty, Habakkuk still purposed to rejoice in the God of our salvation, for our God is a God like none other: our God’s wrath is tempered with mercy! Seek His mercy without delay.