Habakkuk 3:16-18 (ESV) I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us. Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
About a month or maybe more ago, a pastor shared Habakkuk 3 which our congregation. His message a call to rejoice. This was before the wave of panic overtook everyone with COVID-19 and the word “pandemic” changed our lives. Sitting in the service, Habakkuk 3:16 started a thought train that began circling in my mind. At the end of his prayer, Habakkuk says, “I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.” Then Habakkuk begins to rejoice in following verses. Why? This moment of weakness is when the Lord revealed Himself to the prophet.
The pivotal change in the course of a prayer to praise is the moment faith sees the Living God and His Great Love. When faith is born of believing no longer requiring seeing to come to life. It is another link in the heavy chain of the anchor of steadfast hope that keeps us steady in every storm. The Sovereignty of God realized in our weak human state and overwhelming revelation that He is Holy. He says, “I hear…” God is speaking to you today. He is whispering in the same still small voice to all who will listen to Him. Those who hear Him cannot stay the same. When God breathes on us and that breath is heard and accepted – change must occur. For most it is immediate repentance because in the midst of His Goodness and Glory our deplorable wretchedness needs His Grace even more. Habakkuk says, “I will rejoice in the Lord. I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” People are crying out to the Lord during these difficult days. Calling for Him to come closer. One must consider the cost in doing so because when He comes change must occur. It is an invitation to despair, discontentment, and deviation as His Divine Presence displaces all that is not good and beneficial to us. God is a Good God and Excellent Father who cannot bear to leave us in a lesser state than our creation calls for.
Isaiah 6:1-6 (ESV) In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
I know – I know this is a deep well to wade in today but I believe it is so important to see the Lord today. It is Palm Sunday. The Passion Week begins with Jesus riding into Jerusalem. The people respond. He knew what was to come. He told His Disciples to prepare. They denied it. But Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen and for the joy set before Him continued the route to the Cross. He saw me and He saw you. He said, “Yes!” Matthew 21:10 tell us that, “When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” When He comes things get “stirred up”. When Isaiah had a vision of the Lord – his response aligns with that of Habakkuk. He says, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” The awesomeness of God displayed vividly in a vision and the Man of God repents all over again. So what does this have to do with us?
The church collectively has been crying out desperately for revival. The fullness of God’s Glory to fill our sanctuary and touch the heart and lives of all people – to overflow from the four walls of the church into our communities – to dive into the sea and save the nations – a mighty move of God unstoppable and with great intensity. We have prayed, fasted, and prayed some more. What if this is the beginning of this thing called “revival”? What if what we have been praying for is finally happening? It is time to be still and know that HE is God friends and He is doing exactly what we have asked Him to do! Don’t believe me?
Habakkuk 3:5-6 (ESV) Before him went pestilence, and plague followed at his heels. He stood and measured the earth; he looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.
This is no coincidence. It is a correlation of people praying for God’s Revival and now it is time to rejoice in His Coming! His Arrival is stirring things up. When He comes is quickly becoming He is Coming!
Psalm 91:1-8 (AMP) He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” For He will save you from the trap of the fowler, and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a wall. You will not be afraid of the terror of night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but danger will not come near you. You will only [be a spectator as you] look on with your eyes and witness the [divine] repayment of the wicked [as you watch safely from the shelter of the Most High].
What can I do to prepare for when He comes? Pick your place. Choose where you will dwell. Most of the nation, if not all, are under directives to stay home. God is giving us an opportunity to get our house in order. Time to re-center, refocus and recalibrate our life so that Jesus is the Center of it all. Not coincidental that it falls during the Passion Week! God is certainly aligning this opportunity to release His Power as only He can. The more I have prayed about this – the more excited I get! What if revival is really about to be released? What if it is for such a time as this? When He comes – will we be ready? I believe He is already in close proximity and getting us ready during these difficult times! Happy Palm Sunday, friend! I pray that today is a day of revelation and revolution in preparation for revival all around you! God is with you! He is for you! He sent His Son to give you a brand new life! He is alive and well and coming for us! Get ready! Be ready! Live ready! Tell the world to do the same! Live in the Light and be the Light! Revival is coming!
Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP) The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet and makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my ]high places [of challenge and responsibility].