“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet will I exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength and He has made y feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 (emphasis mine)
Why “my” high places — not “His”?
Each of us has a path God established for us. You have “high places.” I have mine.
Our challenges, our successes — those summits we strive to reach — are individual to each of us.
Regardless of the evil all around us today — the enemy without and within — despite despair in the world, we are to rejoice in God and His ultimate victory.
Yes, we are to know and beware all this and yet “give thanks” that His hand is almighty, His power limitless, and His plan for each believer “perfect,” our “high place” established.
God told Habakkuk that He had raised up the Chaldeans, an evil force. He also raised up Nebuchadnezzar at another time to come against Israel who had abandoned Him.
He said, “Wicked men trust themselves alone but the righteous man trusts in Me and lives.” — Hab. 2:4 (emphasis mine)
Note “men” outnumber “man.” More are wicked than righteous. History is repeating itself before our eyes.
And yet “Though the fig tree should not blossom…”
Take courage and “exult the Lord.”