Have you ever been in a situation in which it seemed that God was silent? You pleaded to Him for days, months, or even years–but He did not say a word. He didn’t even appear to be operating in the situation around you. In the midst of the endless waiting, a feeling of urgency set in. You felt desperate.
I don’t know what your situation entailed. Maybe you didn’t know how you were going to pay your bills, or where your next meal was coming from. Or maybe you were sick but didn’t have health insurance. I’m thinking about times in the past when I felt desperate, but maybe you are going through a tough time right now. After pleading to God and not hearing from him, one can only ask: God, where are you? I have called on you, but you’re not answering me. Why aren’t you responding to me? Why are you silent?
The prophet, Habakkuk, struggled with God’s silence in the midst of turmoil. Devastation was on the horizon. He foresaw Judah falling to the Babylonian empire. It was only a matter of time. As each day passed it became more apparent that his city would soon be overtaken. As he noticed evil triumphing all around him, he could only ask, “God, where are you?”
As he wrestled with God’s silence, and seemingly inactivity, he finally came to a breaking point. That’s where we find this scripture:
“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 said “yet I will rejoice in the Lord.” He decided that in spite of his circumstances, he would still praise God. Regardless of whether he had food to eat, his mind was made up. He would praise God. If devastation surrounded him, he would still lift up the name of the one who had sustained him.
As you consider Habakkuk’s circumstance, I challenge you with this: Don’t allow your situation to affect your memory of who God is. If times are tough, He is still God. If there is pain in your body, He is still God. Regardless of what you’re going through, the God you serve has not changed. He is still powerful and mighty, and He is present even if it seems that He is not.
Decide to praise God simply for who He is. Even if you don’t get the job. Even if you can’t pay the bill. Even if your marriage is on the rocks. Even if your children rebel against you. Even if it seems that you keep taking two steps forward, but somehow end up three steps back. Praise Him simply because he is God.
It is my prayer that we will not allow our circumstances to jade our memory of who God is. If He doesn’t do anything else for you, He has already done enough. Praise Him simply because of who He is. The great redeemer, the wonderful savior. He is God, and He is worthy to be praised.