God Is Good

Habakkuk 3: 17-19 is a powerful passage that is always deserving of a second look; in fact, it has become a favorite passage of mine—one I often look to for inspiration:

Habakkuk the prophet, through much questioning, praying, and seeking the Lord reached a level of faith that was unshakable. No matter if every earthy thing that sustained life was removed, he would remain convinced of God’s goodness. He decided to quietly wait for the Lord to address those concerns.

The Bible contains numerous moving accounts of honest, many times intense struggles in the lives of believers as they wrestled with questions concerning the harsh realities they and others were experiencing. Here are just a few examples:

Job 42:2-6 recounts Job’s realization of God’s goodness despite his devastating earthly experiences. As with Habakkuk, Job wrestled with the evils and injustices he encountered, and questioned the Lord concerning them; the Lord—as He had done with Habakkuk—answered him and enabled him to grow in his faith. Job declared: “I know that Thou can do all things and no purpose of thine can be thwarted. I have heard of Thee by hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees Thee.” As long as Job focused on and wrestled against the hardships he experienced, he was unable to see past them until he made a decision: “…therefore…I repent in dust and ashes” (v.6). At that point of decision, he was able to entrust everything to his good God.

King Solomon concluded, after thoroughly and exhaustively exploring the pleasures of the world, that there was no lasting satisfaction to be found in them. As a result, Solomon reverently expressed his view of God’s goodness and holiness at the conclusion of his searching, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments…” (Ecclesiastes 11:13). Solomon reached the decision that no matter what the world offered, only one thing was important—to reverence the Lord and obey Him.

A powerful and unbelieving Babylonian king, King Nebuchadnezzar, was mightily humbled by the Lord and made the decision to, “praise and honor the King of heaven; for all His works are right and His ways are just” (Daniel 4:37).

As with these believers, when the trials of the world begin to overwhelm me, I also desire to make an intentional decision to trust in the love and goodness of our mighty God regardless of my circumstances. Habakkuk referred to the Lord as “the God of my salvation.” With this view in mind, we can always cling to the promises connected with our salvation and eternal destiny; in the strength of the Lord we will be enabled to remain sure-footed through trying times.