Perspectives ( Canticle of Habakkuk Part IV)

” I hear , and by body trembles at the sound my lips quiver. Decay invades my bones , my legs tremble beneath me.

I await the day of distress  that will come upon the people who attack us.

For though the fig tree does not blossom and no fruit appears on the vine,

though the yield of olives fail, and the terraces produce no nourishment  .

Though the flocks disappear from the fold,and there is no herd in the stalls,

Yet I will rejoice  in the Lord, and exult in my saving God !

God, My Lord , is my strength. He makes my feet swift as those of deer,

and enables me to tread upon the heights.”


This final portion of the Canticle speaks of fear, judgement, and mostly of faith.

It would seem that there is fear int he beginning for what is about to happen.

The enemy who is attacking and is preparing to attack and is feared.  Habakkuk knows that God will bring about justice against those who attack.

However fear turns to faith.  To spite all that is happening, and all that might happen.

It is his faith, that will be his salvation.  He will praise God before AND after, and in all things.


A man with degrees in Physics and Chemistry is forced to take a position in a call center , due to changes in economy , it was the only full time job that he could find.

He says  ” These are the worst days of my life.”  He hates his job, and feels the job is beneath him.  He feels old and out of place.

His self esteem has taken a royal beating.  He is not alone.  Many people suffer issues of self image, and self esteem in challenging times.


It is easy in the difficult times to turn inward. To stop thinking about God and to get consumed in the problem and solving the problems on our own.

There are problems that just arise seemingly out of nowhere.  Eventually these things become the all consuming thoughts that invade every moment of your day.

Like Habakkuk, fear and trembling invade our very bones.   Finally, the point comes when you are faced with your enemy , your fear, your problem,

and you finally ask the question “Why?”.


Initially you may ask why, while looking inside or to the cognitive processes attempting to reason through how you found yourself  in the position,

and then can possibly then, figure out how to get out of that your dealing with.


Asking the question “Why?”, is the first point , and a pivotal one on the journey to growth in faith.

By asking the question , now as a surgery or rhetorical comment, but truly trying to seek God in the midst of the challenges we face are key to understanding.


It is also true that we may not find the answer to the question we are seeking.

The answers may not be apparent at the moment .  The answer may come later , after the problem has passed.

You then may get a glimmer of how it is that God brought you through the trials you were facing.


OK, but, what about those times when you are in the middle of it all, or even make it to the end of the trial you are facing,

and you still just can not seem to see the hand of God, in what is happening , or what has happened with you ?

There are a few things to consider with this idea.


First, what is going on “with” you, is a different view than what is happening “to” you.

I say what is going on “with” you , because when you seek God and wish to do what ever is His will for you,

then you work “with” God and God will work and does things “with you ” and not so much “To you “.


Second, We live by faith, not by sight.  Like Habakkuk, he was living through trials, he saw war, lean times, and big challenges,

but in the end it all came down to faith.   In the canticle Habakkuk says even though all these seemingly devastating  things are going on in his life,

he will praise the Lord.


Praising God, having faith in good times is easy to do. When the trials of life come, it is in these trials that our faith is tested and purified,

AND, is where God works “with” us most effectively and closely !

Thank God for the trials , through which you will grow even more, and then go and testify to others the things that God has done for you in your life !


The Almighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His name !


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One Response to “Perspectives ( Canticle of Habakkuk Part IV)”

  1. SaintlySages Says:

    “I hear, and by body trembles” (Hb 3:16): a timely quotation for Tornado season. Feeling a diminution in self-esteem haunts the man who pursues his own will contrary to the will of God, Who desires our salvation (1 Tm 2:4) and works for our good (Rom 8:28). Resurrexit!

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