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Your Story Matters

by: Lindsay van Zyl

Habakkuk lived in a society riddled with violence and injustice. Sound familiar? On the brink of utter despair, Habakkuk questions God’s faithfulness. God responds in an unexpected way and we learn how testimonies play a powerful role in our journey to breakthrough.

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet: Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2, NIV

Have you ever asked, “God, how long do I have to cry out for help before you listen?”

That’s the very question that kicks off the book of Habakkuk, which gives us insight into the author’s situation and struggle. Habakkuk was a prophet who lived in a society where sin, violence, and injustice were prevalent. Sound familiar? He was discouraged by the absence of justice and in total despair over the unfair advantage the wicked crowd seemed to have because they didn’t play by the rules or care for anyone but themselves.

The first chapter of Habakkuk shows us how quickly discouragement breeds anxiety and confusion. In response to people’s evil actions and behaviors, Habakkuk actually questions God’s methods and motives. But God doesn’t smite Habakkuk for questioning Him. Instead, God responds as He always does to our doubt and our pain—with grace and hope.

In the second chapter God replies, “Write this down and make it clear to read so it can be easily shared with others: Justice is on its way. It may seem like it’s late to you, but it’s coming right on time.” And then He clarifies the wait: “The righteous person lives by faith.”

In the third and final chapter we see a significant shift in Habakkuk’s attitude. He remembers the past stories from his family of God’s goodness and faithfulness. The dark cloud of fear breaks as these testimonies strengthen his faith in such a way that he boldly asks God to do it again. The book ends with Habakkuk praising God and proclaiming, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He gives me the ability to walk on rugged terrain.”

Have you ever been on a roller coaster of emotion? Then you can can relate to Habakkuk’s story. Like him, you can share testimonies of God’s goodness to us and to others. In the hard seasons of doubt when our present circumstances don’t align with God’s promises, actual accounts of His breakthrough will protect us from the anxiety and confusion that discouragement breeds. Grab a journal today and ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of God’s faithfulness in your life. Be sure to share your testimonies with others who need encouragement and offer to pray with them in faith. Ask God to do it again!

Prayer

Father God, thank you for Your goodness and faithfulness to me. You are a God who always comes through for His people and I am so thankful for Your kindness. In faith I ask that you do it again!
Holy Spirit, the Bible says you lead me into all truth. Please remind me of times that God has been good to me. Reveal for me the times when God has been faithful to me. Give me the opportunity and the boldness to share these testimonies with others.
Amen


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