Sun, Apr 01, 2001

WALK BY FAITH! HABAKKUK 3:17-19

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WALK BY FAITH!
HABAKKUK 3:17-19

Please turn in your Bibles to the book of Habakkuk chapter 3 as we are going to be looking at this prophet’s response to the difficulties, the disappointments, the hurts of life. Before we get into our text this morning, listen to this story that was told by Donald Grey Barnhouse. It goes like this:

An experience of this child of God may be a blessing to many. She wrote, "One very rainy night, a little over a year ago, I locked my store and started home. There was a pouring, drenching, chilling rain and high wind. An umbrella was useless. The cars were late, and I waited on the corner for three quarters of an hour. I was soaked to the skin, and chilled to the bone. Then I had to ride in two cold cars.

When I reached home there was no warm supper, the fires were banked and the house was cold. Now the Lord has been good to me, He has blessed me with a happy disposition - the "blue devils" do not trouble me often. But they were there that night. I thought: I will feed my kitten, I will not bother with any supper, I will go right to bed and cry it out.

I began to remove my soaked clothing, and as I did, the Lord brought these words to my mind:

There is never a day so dreary,

There is never a night so long,

But the soul that is trusting Jesus

Will somewhere, somehow

Find a song."

- Donald Grey Barnhouse

Like Habakkuk, many Christians today have lost that joy. We may sing "There is joy in the Lord..." but the reality is, as we look at the circumstances that are surrounding our lives, we become angry, frustrated, bitter, confused, and-so-on. We are singing the blues! Why do we get that way? Why is that joy missing in our lives? How can we get that back? In our study this morning, I hope to answer those questions so you can truly experience the joy of the Lord.

You see, it is not only good for you, but it also is important for others to see that joy in you. It is as A. W. Tozer said, "George Mueller would not preach until his heart was happy in the grace of God; Jan Ruybroeck would not write while his feelings were low, but would retire to a quiet place and wait on God till he felt the spirit of inspiration. It is well-known that the elevated spirits of a group of Moravians convinced John Wesley of the reality of their religion, and helped to bring him a short time later to a state of true conversion. The Christian owes it to the world to be supernaturally joyful." That is what God desires, but that is not how this book starts out.

The book of Habakkuk starts out with this prophet confused about what he see’s happening around him and is mad at God for not doing anything about it. It would seem that this book was written during the reign of Jehoiakim, who was a wicked king ruling in the Southern Kingdom of Judah for 11 years.

You see, Habakkuk was not removed from this situation of chaos, immorality, lawlessness within this nation, he was right in the middle of it and he could not understand why God was not doing anything about it. Now don’t be too harsh on Habakkuk, he is only being honest. He cried out to God, and according to his plan and timetable, God was not responding. God was not doing anything. And that bothered Habakkuk.

And God reply’s to Habakkuk by basically saying, and I’ll paraphrase for you, "Hold onto your hat Habakkuk, you ain’t seen nothing yet!" You see, because Habakkuk could not visibly see God working, he came to the wrong conclusion, he thought God wasn’t doing anything. And God tells this prophet that He is going to use the Babylonians to bring judgment upon His people, the Southern Kingdom of Judah for their wickedness.

And still Habakkuk is not pleased with what he now heard. He couldn’t understand how God could use a wicked, a pagan nation like Babylon to pour out His judgment upon His people. The Babylonians should be judged for their wickedness and not the people of God, at least not by such a wicked nation. But the reality is, to whom much is given, much is required. They were entrusted with the Words of God, and yet they turned from Him, and now they were going to be judged by Him!

Habakkuk first of all came against God for not doing anything. Then, when God showed him what He was going to do, Habakkuk didn’t like that either, it didn’t fit into his plan, it was not according to what he thought should happen, and not according to his timetable. So he once again comes against what God is doing. Thus, in Habakkuk 2:1 we are told the words of Habakkuk. He said, "I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected." In other words, he knew he went too far and that God was going to reprove him for his actions, his words.

And God does reply by telling Habakkuk that this judgment will come and the proud, the wicked, the immoral, the unjust, the idolaters, will be brought down. And God tells Habakkuk something very interesting in Habakkuk 2:4. He says "...Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith."

You see, that is exactly what Habakkuk was going to need for him to experience that joy once again. He was going to have to walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, things may be looking bad, it may seem hopeless. But, understand this, God is still on the throne! He is still in control! Thus, Habakkuk was going to have to learn to trust in the Lord, living and walking by faith in God even though things may look black for the nation, God is still in control, He knows what He is doing.

Did Habakkuk learn that lesson? Did he learn to walk by faith and not by sight? He didn’t start out that way, as we have seen. But listen to how he finished, the growth in his spiritual life, as we look at our text this morning in Habakkuk chapter 3, beginning in verse 17.

HABAKKUK 3:17-19

Understand that these were not just empty words that Habakkuk was speaking. He realized what this judgment would bring upon the land and his people. There would be famine, starvation, it would be horrible. There would be nothing left as the Babylonians came sweeping down upon them, cutting off their food supply and cause many to starve to death. If you doubt the seriousness of the situation, of this judgment, look at the words of Josephus, for he tells of the famine and the cannibalism that took place during this time. The atrocities that took place just for some to survive.

Also, the prophet Jeremiah expounds on this, for he saw these events take place. He first warned of this coming judgment, and then witnessed it with his own eyes. And as he sat on the hillside watching the city of Jerusalem burn, a heap of ashes before him, he wrote in Lamentations 4:4-10, "The tongue of the infant clings to the roof of its mouth for thirst; the young children ask for bread, but no one breaks it for them. Those who ate delicacies are desolate in the streets; those who were brought up in scarlet embrace ash heaps. The punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, which was overthrown in a moment, with no hand to help her! Her Nazirites were brighter than snow and whiter than milk; they were more ruddy in body than rubies, like sapphire in their appearance. Now their appearance is blacker than soot; they go unrecognized in the streets; their skin clings to their bones, it has become as dry as wood. Those slain by the sword are better off than those who die of hunger; for these pine away, stricken for lack of the fruits of the field. The hands of the compassionate women have cooked their own children; they became food for them in the destruction of the daughter of my people."

How would you respond in a situation like that, where you saw these things taking place? I know I would not respond well, I may be angry, upset at what God is or isn’t doing in this situation. But Habakkuk says that he is going to rejoice in the Lord, his joy is in the God that saved him! That is a far different response than what he said in Habakkuk 1:2-4, where we read

"O LORD, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, ‘Violence!’ And You will not save. Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgment proceeds."

In fact, as we look at the difference in Habakkuk’s response, it is dramatic. Habakkuk 3:18 can literally be translated, "I will jump for joy in the LORD; I will spin around for delight in God." You see, Habakkuk wanted to know the how’s and why’s of God, and as he grew, as he matured, he understood you can’t know all the how’s and why’s of an all-knowing God. Thus, Habakkuk learned to walk by faith, trusting in the Lord and it caused him to jump up and down and spin around, not in himself, or his strength, or his plan, but in the LORD!

I don’t know where you are at this morning. I don’t know what you are going through or have been through. All I can do is tell you I have been there, I have wondered about the how’s and why’s of God just as Habakkuk did. I have been a Christian for some 18 years now and many times, just when I think I know what God is doing, something happens when I become discouraged, I wonder if God is doing anything, if He see’s what is going on. And what God has shown me through all the circumstances of life that I have been through, is I have to learn to walk by faith, not by trusting in what I see, but trusting in Almighty God!

In Proverbs 3:5-8 Solomon tells us, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones."

The word "trust" speaks of placing your hope and confidence upon someone or something and here it is associated with the LORD or YAHWEH. What we are not to do is rest or lean or support ourselves by our own understanding, what we think needs to be done or what we should be doing. He goes on to say that we are to "acknowledge" the LORD or know Him intimately, have that personal relationship with Him, then the result will be that He will direct our paths, He will guide us. It is as Proverbs 28:26 says, "He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but whoever walks wisely will be delivered.And also we are told in Psalm 32:8-9 that God wants to guide us, direct us, but we must be looking to Him for Him to show us the way to go. We are told "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you."

Please understand that the Lord will not necessarily take you out of the situation you are in, but He will help you through it. I know that is not comforting to some of you, but it should be. God will not bring you into anything that you are not able to handle without Him. As Paul said in I Corinthians 10:13, "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."

Like you, I have been through times in my life where my heart felt like it was broken, it ached and things seemed hopeless. From family situations, to friends, to health issues, to things at work, to ministry issues, it is easy to become discouraged at times in the things we see before us. They seem so dark, without hope. And we can allow our problems, and they are difficult, they are real, get so big in our life that they block out the SON and we are living in darkness. And understand I am not talking about the SUN but the SON of GOD!

For me, God has a way of bringing me back to His Word and to a verse I am sure you know very well. It is Romans 8:28 where Paul says "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."Now that is a great verse to quote to anyone and everyone who is going through difficult times. People, friends share with us the trouble they are going through, and we quote this verse to them to try and encourage them, and I think we are well meaning and I truly believe what Paul says is very accurate, it is true. I don’t doubt it for a minute!

Then why don’t we apply it to our own life as we are going through difficult times? We love to use this on others, but God is speaking to us! You see, this is putting into practice what you believe. And the word "all" where Paul speaks of "...all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." is an important word. Do you know what it means? It means all! Everything! I know, you are impressed at my knowledge of the Greek language!

But understand what God is saying here and apply it to your life, the circumstances you are going through. Now, does that mean we will understand the good that will come from a difficult situation, a devastating circumstance? I don’t believe we will always know. You see, all we can do is walk by faith, knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for all we are going through and His desire is that as difficult as it may be, some good will come out of it.

We must get to the place in our walk with the Lord where we will no longer trust in self, we no longer will trust in our own resources, but we will trust in the Lord, place our full weight upon Him, where it should be and the heavy burdens of life will be lifted from us and placed upon Him!

If you don’t, you will rob yourself of the joy, the blessings that God has for you. Doubt that? Listen to this true story and I think you will see what I mean. It goes like this:

It may well be that something was sown in the heart of Saul that day as he watched Stephen die, something that bore fruit later on. As a result, scores of churches were planted across the Roman Empire, thousands of people came to salvation in Christ, and half the New Testament flowed from his pen to benefit us all to this very day.

Back in 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son from Sweden to the heart of Africa—to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Ericksons, and the four of them sought God for direction. In those days of much tenderness and devotion and sacrifice, they felt led of the Lord to set out from the main mission station and take the gospel to a remote area.

This was a huge step of faith. At the village of N’dolera they were rebuffed by the chief, who would not let them enter his town for fear of alienating the local gods. The two couples opted to go half a mile up the slope and build their own mud huts.

They prayed for a spiritual breakthrough, but there was none. The only contact with thevillagers was a young boy, who was allowed to sell them chickens and eggs twice a week. Svea Flood—a tiny woman only four feet, eight inches tall— decided that if this was the only African she could talk to, she would try to lead the boy to Jesus. And in fact, she succeeded.

But there were no other encouragements. Meanwhile, malaria continued to strike one member of the little band after another. In time the Ericksons decided they had had enough suffering and left to return to the central mission station. David and Svea Flood remained near N’dolera to go on alone.

Then, of all things, Svea found herself pregnant in the middle of the primitive wilderness. When the time came for her to give birth, the village chief softened enough to allow a midwife to help them. A little girl was born, whom they named Aina.

The delivery, however, was exhausting, and Svea Flood was already weak from bouts of malaria. The birth process was a heavy blow to her stamina. She lasted only another seventeen days.

Inside David Flood, something snapped in that moment. He dug a crude grave, buried his twenty-seven-year-old wife, and then took his children back down the mountain to the mission station. Giving his newborn daughter to the Ericksons, he snarled, "I’m going back to Sweden. I’ve lost my wife, and I obviously can’t take care of this baby. God has ruined my life." With that, he headed for the port, rejecting not only his calling, but God himself.

Within eight months both the Ericksons were stricken with a mysterious malady and died within days of each other. The baby was then turned over to some American missionaries, who adjusted her Swedish name to "Aggie" and eventually brought her back to the United States at age three.

This family loved the little girl and were afraid that if they tried to return to Africa, some legal obstacle might separate her from them. So they decide to stay in their home country and switch from missionary work to pastoral ministry. And that is how Aggie grew up in South Dakota. As a young woman, she attended North Central Bible College in Minneapolis. There she met and married a young man named Dewey Hurst.

Years passed. The Hursts enjoyed a fruitful ministry. Aggie gave birth first to a daughter, then a son. In time her husband became president of a Christian college in the Seattle area, and Aggie was intrigued to find such Scandinavian heritage there.

One day a Swedish religious magazine appeared in her mailbox. She had no idea who had sent it, and or course she couldn't read the words. But as she turned the pages, all of a sudden a photo stopped her cold. There was a grave with a white cross—and on the cross the words SVEA FLOOD.

Aggie jumped in her car and went straight for a college faculty member who, she knew, could translate the article. "What does this say?" she demanded.

The instructor summarized the story: It was about missionaries who had come to N’dolera long ago...the birth of a white baby...the death of the young mother...the one little African boy who had been led to Christ...and how, after the whites had all left, the boy had grown up and finally persuaded the chief to let him build a school in the village. The article said that gradually he won all his students to Christ ...the children led their parents to Christ...even the chief had become Christian. Today there were six hundred Christian believers in that one village...all because of the sacrifice of David and Svea Flood.

For the Hursts’ twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, the college presented them with the gift of a vacation to Sweden. There Aggie sought to find her real father. An old man now, David Flood had remarried, fathered four more children, and generally dissipated his life with alcohol. He had recently suffered a stroke. Still bitter, he had one rule in his family: "Never mention the name of God—because God took everything from me."

After an emotional reunion with her half brothers and half sister, Aggie brought up the subject of seeing her father. The others hesitated. "You can talk to him," they replied, "even though he’s very ill now. But you need to know that whenever he hears the name of God, he flies into a rage."

Aggie was not to be deterred. She walked into the squalid apartment, with liquor bottles everywhere, and approached the seventy-three-year-old man lying in a rumpled bed.

"Papa?" she said tentatively.

He turned and began to cry. "Aina," he said. "I never meant to give you away."

"It’s all right, Papa," she replied, taking him gently in her arms. "God took care of me."

The man instantly stiffened. The tears stopped.

"God forgot all of us. Our lives have been like this because of him." He turned his face back to the wall.

Aggie stroked his face and then continued, undaunted.

"Papa, I’ve got a little story to tell you, and it’s a true one. You didn’t go to Africa in vain. Mama didn’t die in vain. The little boy you won to the Lord grew up to win that whole village

to Jesus Christ. The one seed you planted just kept ‘ growing and growing. Today there are six hundred African people serving the Lord because you were faithful to the call of God in your life....

"Papa, Jesus loves you. He has never hated you."

The old man turned back to look into his daughter's eyes. His body relaxed. He began to talk. And by the end of the afternoon, he had come back to the God he had resented for so many decades.

Over the next few days, father and daughter enjoyed warm moments together. Aggie and her husband soon had to return to America—and within a few weeks David Flood had gone into eternity.

A few years later the Hursts were attending a high-level evangelism conference in London, England, when a report was given from the nation of Zaire (the former Belgian Congo).

The superintendent of the national church, representing some 110,000 baptized believers, spoke eloquently of the gospel's spread in his nation. Aggie could not help going to ask him afterward if he had ever heard of David and Svea Flood.

"Yes, madam," the man replied in French, his words being translated into English. "It was Svea Flood who led me to Jesus Christ. I was the boy who brought food to your parents before you were born. In fact, to this day your mother's grave and her memory are honored by all of us." He embraced her in a long, sobbing hug. Then he continued, "You must come to Africa to see, because your mother is the most famous person in our history."

In time that is exactly what Aggie Hurst and her husband did. They were welcomed by cheering throngs of villagers. She even met the man who had been hired by her father many years before to carry her back down the mountain in a hammock-cradle.

The most dramatic moment, of course, was when the pastor escorted Aggie to see her mother’s white cross for herself. She knelt in the soil to pray and give thanks. Later that day, in the church, the pastor read from John 12:24: "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." He then followed with Psalm 126:5: "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy."

Fresh Power by Jim Cymbala, Pgs 115-120 (from Chapter 7 / Unqualified?) UNFORESEEN FRUIT

Do you want to miss out on what God is doing, being angry at Him for the rest of your life because of the situation you find yourself in this morning? This man did, and look at what He missed. I am not saying that it is easy, but we must learn to trust in the Lord, to walk by faith and not by sight.

If you are feeling overwhelmed this morning. If you are feeling that the world has crushed you beneath it’s weight. If you feel that your family life is a mess and you don’t know what to do. If you just can’t take it any longer. Please listen to what God desires, what He has for you. In I John 5:4-5 we are told "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?"

William MacDonald says of these verses, "...The world system is a monstrous scheme of temptation, always trying to drag us away from God and from what is eternal, and seeking to occupy us with what is temporary and sensual. People of the world are completely taken up with the things of time and sense. They have become the victims of passing things. Only the man who is born of God really overcomes the world, because by faith he is able to rise above the perishing things of this world and to see things in their true, eternal perspective. Thus the one who really overcomes the world is not the great scientist or philosopher or psychologist, but the simple believer who realizes that the things which are seen are temporary and that the things which are not seen are eternal. A sight of the glory of God in the face of Jesus dims the glory of this world."

Thus, how do we overcome the world? How can we have a correct perspective of things? By coming face-to-face with Jesus and you will have a peace in the midst of the storms of life. You see, faith is important. We have faith in many things. You had faith to sit in that chair and that it would hold you and not come crashing to the ground with you in it. When you got in your car this morning, you had faith that the brakes would work when you stepped on them, that your car would come to a stop. You even had faith when you stood up today, that your legs would hold you. And when you went to bed last night, you had faith that you would wake up the next morning, that you would continue breathing even though you were sleeping. Yet, when the creator of heaven and earth says we need to trust in Him, have faith in Him, we wavier in that, we are unsure, we doubt that God is able to handle our situation. We don’t have faith! If you want that victory, trust in Jesus! If you are lacking that faith, ask Him to increase your faith and then trust in Him, walk by faith in the promises of His Word!

For Habakkuk, he rejoiced in the Lord and not for the circumstances. Can you imagine him praising God for the famine, for the destruction of lives, for the cannibalism that would come upon the land? Of course not! And that is important for us to understand. We can rejoice INall things for our faith is in the Lord and He is unchanging. But we can’t rejoice FOR all things. In fact many times we weep over what has transpired, and I don’t think that is wrong. Jesus wept over Jerusalem. He wept over the death of Lazarus and the pain that sin caused. God made us to be emotional people and not stoics, unaffected by anything. But our joy, that needs to be in the Lord and that joy, that deep rejoicing is only found in the Lord.

Paul, in prison, made this interesting statement in Philippians 4:4-5, "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand." You see, rejoice IN the Lord. And you see what happens as you rejoice in the Lord, you will extend grace to others. When you are mad, when you are discouraged, when you are angry, when you are bitter, when you become despondent, you are not going to show anyone grace! You are separated from God and you are guided by your flesh. Thus, to rectify that problem you must give it to Him, look to Him to be your strength and put on some worship music if you need to so you can get re-focused. And as you come to your senses, as you realize that God is still on the throne, you can rejoice in Him, thanking Him for all He has done for you, and as your heart gets right with God, do you know what happens? You will extend grace and mercy to others!

Now you look at some Christians today and as they talk about the Lord you think they are at the dentist having their teeth worked on. There is no joy, no love, no compassion and it is a pharisaical attitude that comes across, a "I’m better than you!" mentality! But again, you look at them and you truly don’t want what they have, and you hope it is not contagious! That is not the way we are to look. The fragrance of Jesus should flow from our lives. People should desire to have what we have.

I like the what Charles H. Spurgeon said regarding the way we should look. He was talking to his class and emphasizing the importance of making facial expressions harmonize with your speech. "When you speak of heaven," he said, "let your face light up, let it be irradiated with a heavenly gleam, let your eyes shine with reflected glory. But when you speak of Hell - well, then your ordinary face will do." A bit humorous, but true. And truly, as ambassadors for Christ, we are to reflect His nature and that will only happen as you spend time with Him, as you surrender your life to Him.

A great example of that kind of joy was seen in a school principal. Principal Rainy, of whom a child once remarked that she believed he went to heaven every night because he was so happy every day, once used a fine metaphor about a Christian’s joy. "Joy," he said, " is the flag flown from the castle of the heart when the king is in residence there." May we not forget that! May the Lord’s residence in our heart cause our flag of joy that is flown in our life, be high and huge so many can see it and can be drawn to it and desire to have, the Joy of the Lord, to have Jesus Christ be in the castle of their heart!

Jon Courson, in his commentary on the book of Habakkuk, contrasts two struggling prophets of God, prophets who were trying to understand the will of God: Jonah and Habakkuk. Listen to his comments.

Jonah ministered to the Assyrians.

Habakkuk ministered to the Babylonians.

Jonah ran from God when he heard what God would do.

Habakkuk ran to God, wondering what Gold would do.

Jonah saw the salvation of God to the Gentiles.

Habakkuk saw the sovereignty of God through the Gentiles.

Jonah’s story ends in foolishness as he worries about the gourd.

Habakkuk’s story ends in faith as he trusts in God.

The difference between Habakkuk and Jonah - between you and the person who’s despairing - is simply this: Jonah had to learn in the fish. Habakkuk learned in the high tower.

You and I have our choice. God is going to teach us because the just shall live by faith. Where do you want to live? Where do you want to learn your lessons about faith?

I have a choice. I can either seek the Lord with determination and expectation in the tower - or I can get tossed around in the storm in the belly of the great whale and wonder,

‘Why is my life always going through storms?

Why is there always seaweed around my head?

Why do I always feel cramped?

Why am I always in the dark?’

The reason people are always in the storm is because they’re never in the high tower. The message here is simple: Habakkuk’s problems were greater than Jonah’s; his message much more difficult - but he ends up in victory because he learned the secret of seeking God.

The Lord wants us to seek His face, to hear His voice, to see His vision that no matter what is happening around us, we might be oases of tranquility and peace that passes understanding. No matter how bad the news might be, He wants us to rejoice in Him. He is our Strength and our Joy.

Have you discovered that when you seek the Lord about a problem, by the time you’re finished talking it over with Him - praying to Him, worshiping Him, learning of Him - you forgot what you came for in the first place? His fellowship is so rich! No matter what happens, He is our joy. In seeking Him, we find what we longed for all along.

Jon Courson, Tree of Life Bible Commentary, Habakkuk, pp.49-50

You see, God doesn’t always change the circumstances of life, but He can change us to meet the challenge of those circumstances if we allow Him to! That is what it means to live by faith. Habakkuk trusted in the LORD, YAHWEH was his strength and it is the Lord who will give him the victory, the help so that he can walk. God wants to do the same for you. You see, God still reigns and His purposes and plans will be established. May we learn to walk by faith and not by sight, trusting in Him no matter what we are going through. To run to His high tower so we might have a correct perspective of the situation. If you do, if you can look to Him no matter how dark things may look right now, then you will be able to say like Habakkuk, "Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; he will make my feet like deer's feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills..." Habakkuk 3:18-19.

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