Yet I Will Rejoice

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Yet I Will Rejoice: Habbakuk

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. –Habakkuk 3:17-18


Habakkuk saw the sin of his day, its impact on the people of Judah and the collective corrosion of the nation. Seeking to frame what he saw with a lens of faith, he waited on God, calling out for divine help. But Habakkuk struggled when God told him his plan to punish evilness with more evilness. Would God actually use the wicked nation of Babylon to punish the (relatively less wicked) nation of Judah (Hab 1:6)?


Habakkuk waited for God to answer his questions (1:2-32:1). He listened as God explained that the righteous would live by faith (2:4) and marveled as God promised that, in time, the earth would be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (2:3, 14).


As Habakkuk reflected on all that was happening in Judah and the devastation to come, he turned to God in prayer. He poured out his praise, his questions his longing and confusion. Habakkuk recalled Israel’s past, the era when God’s glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth (3:3). Then he reveled in the memory of how God had chastened Israel’s enemies and delivered Israel from those who sought to devour them (3:13-15).


Habakkuk acted in faith during this dark and difficult time. He thought about the future and imagined fig trees no longer budding, vines without grapes, olive crops failing, fields with no food, pens with no sheep and stalls with no cattle (3:17).

On earth, Jesus was a real person, experiencing life as we all do, yet without sin. In his humanity, like the prophet Habakkuk, he experienced a troubled heart. He knew he could ask to be saved from that dark hour to come. But he also knew that the brutal path of crucifixion was the reason he had come to the world (Jn 12:27). So in this intense house he prayed, Father, glorify your name!” (Jn 12:28). In that moment Jesus, the Son of God, lived by faith and perfectly modeled for us complete reliance on God.

How do you focus on and praise God in times of disappointment or difficulty?


This blog is adapted from The Jesus Bible. Learn more about this resource on our website.


  • David Castillo says:

    Very encouraging.

    • Yolanda Nesbitt says:

      We see we wait we act the way God need us too !! Awesome is his word thank u Lord !!!!

    • Reginald Harris says:

      Thanks, I needed to hear this. For three Long years, has past and I still can’t talk about it. Just to Lord and Savior. Just to him. Thanks again

    • Rosette Kas says:

      Oh wow. This was well said. What a great lesson for all us.

  • John Wilkes (Elder) says:

    Seek God help

  • Eva says:

    God is the beginning and the end,all things work together for the one who love him and live their lives to please him.

  • Carolyn Jackson says:

    Thank you so much , I needed to see and read this at this very moment‼️

  • Lisa Harness says:

    This was great! Praise dongs, just being in God’s house.

  • Kendra says:

    Often I get discouraged especially at the wickedness and injustice that is corroding our country. My heart hurts at what my children face, but this is a wonderful reminder that God is just and we must live by faith! This Word came right on time! I never read this blog though I subscribe to it, but I was moved to do so today and the message was just what I needed. Thank you so much!

    • David says:

      Kendra, yeah, me too … this one caught my eye, and then your honesty answered a question that I have because I’m seeing so much tearing down of all that was built as foundational good of our country, and wondering, “doesn’t anybody see what’s going on”, or, “does anybody feel like I do, how have we digressed so much, so fast”. And then I see that you feel the same, and I suspect that millions do, but somehow our leadership has “numbed the host” and it’s all happening anyways, contrary to our anguish about our loss. Anyways, this spoke to me, because this had the exact same anx, and praised the goodness of God. It all seemed to come together for me. Thanks. David.

  • Daniel Isaiah says:

    A very encouraging message at my lowest phase of difficulty & strife. May God bless all reading this message and comfort each one’s heart. Hoping for a good job soon. Please uphold in prayers.

  • Barrie Duke says:

    The prophet clearly saw the current predicament and only then the reality of the encroaching conquest.
    His prophecy consequently focuses on the coming of Jesus, and the spread of the gospel message in all its power. The message is clarified in the New Testament.
    This man saw over the international politics, cruelty, environmental devastation and warfare of his age.
    We must do the same.

  • Karen Matamoros says:

    Praise God! He is greater than ANY obstacle we could face in this life. Glory be to God!

  • Li says:

    I’ve felt distant from the Lord lately. I see my children all over the place spiritually (good and bad) and difficulties in my marriage. I haven’t been able to focus in prayer/praise, feeling overwhelmed, knowing my own failures and feeling like my prayers are bouncing off the walls. Praying for His Intervention, clear answers with a heart that listens,obeys,praises like Habakkuk . I want to be pleasing to God.

    • Andrea Schofield says:

      God hears and knows your pain. I was at a point in my life where I was angry at God. I didn’t want to admit it, but had to come to the realization I was. I was so despondent all I could pray was help me and my family. I was so angry I did not think my faith could recover. God met me where I was and restored my faith in him. I’m still going through, but I know God has my back and knows what’s best. God says For I know the plans I have for you. God is Love and he is sovereign.

  • Jay says:

    Thank you for this. I admit to struggling with my faith in God at these low periods in life. Jesus I want to believe and walk in your light but struggle understanding how to do so. Please Holy Spirit bestow upon me you guidance and direction.

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  • Chiagozie says:

    We simply have to trust God and his word!!

  • Shondra says:

    Today is the first time I read the blog, God has a way of sending you a word when it is needed. My family is going through one of the greatest struggles we have ever had to face and I admit I had found myself questioning God. But I know God will never leave me nor forsake me, so I will continue to trust in his word and act in my faith! When man says no God has the final say, and I will continue to believe and trust in the word of the Lord!

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