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Have you ever had a time in your life where you felt like everything was falling apart? Apparently the prophet Habakkuk experienced such a time. In Habakkuk 3:17-19, he writes:

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:  Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

This passage is chocked full of lessons that we can learn when everything seems to be going south.  If you are having a lot of difficult trials happening simultaneously, don’t despair. Focus on God and remember the following:

God’s Word prepares you for victory.

One of the reasons why God gave us Habakkuk 3:17-19 is to prepare us and show us how to obtain victory when we go through manifold trials or “divers temptations” (James 1:2). Every child of God can expect to go through the test of turbulent times such as Habakkuk described. Jesus said in John 16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” I Peter 4:12 states, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.” You may face times when everything appears to be going down all at once.  But if you prepare to have the proper mindset and decide what your response will be beforehand, you will gain the victory in difficult times.

God is looking for a specific response.

In the face of economic disaster, Habakkuk gave God an uncanny response. In spite of everything going wrong that could possibly go wrong, Habakkuk writes in verse 18, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Thus, when everything is falling apart, the response that God wants to see is REJOICING in HIM. Rejoice in who He is. If many trials come your way all at once, don’t make the mistake of getting mad at God. Instead of find fault with Him, railing at Him, tell Him how unfair he is, questioning His judgment, His goodness, or His love for you, find a way to REJOICE in HIM. He’s not asking you to rejoice in your circumstance. He’s asking you to focus on and rejoice in the God of your salvation. Don’t cut yourself off from your power source.

The end result of rejoicing is spiritual strength.

After he speaks of rejoicing in verse 19 of chapter 3, Habakkuk immediately writes, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength.”  If you will give God the response He wants, rejoicing in Him, He will respond by giving you His supernatural strength. The strength of God enables you to move forward with courage when you are overwhelmed with adversity.  When your world falls apart, you may feel weak, but rejoicing in God will get your focus off your circumstances, and He will fill you with His strength, enabling you to persevere. You’ll be able to endure the situation valiantly. The prophet, Nehemiah, said it best in Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” Therefore, if you want to be strong, do as Paul commanded and, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).

God gets glory when we handle the situation properly.

Habakkuk writes in verse 19, “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” This represents two things:  1) the Lord will enable you to rise above extremely difficult circumstances, and 2) He will promote you spiritually. The strength that God imparts will enable you to climb the mountain you are facing. When you get to the “mountaintop” and you are spiritually promoted, you will be in clear sight for the world to see.  Jesus said in Matthew 15:5, “A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Therefore, He will get glory when you handle the situation as He prescribes in His Word. When everything falls apart, God is indeed up to something good, and promotion and elevation are on the way.

So when things appear to be falling apart, don’t fret or fear. God knows exactly what He’s doing. He is setting you up for promotion, and He will ultimately show you an awesome display of His glory and power. You will be able to rise above your situation and do exploits through the power of the Holy Spirit that you never thought you could do. All you have to do is to trust God, adjust your perception, and rejoice in Him in spite of it all.

What lessons did you learn when everything fell apart? Please leave a comment below.

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