Taken from the book of Habakkuk 3:19 “The Sovereign Lord is My Strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights”. Why does Habakkuk state the Lord IS my strength? He isn’t simply saying, the Lord GIVES me strength. He is saying the Lord IS my strength. Make note of the words and difference.
Habakkuk was sad and discouraged at the evil he saw. He lived in Judah during the reign of Jehoiakim and Habakkuk wanted to know from God why He permitted such evil and corruption. In Habakkuk 1:1 he says, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen”. Doesn’t it seem like today many of us are crying out to God in the same way? Doesn’t it seem like praying hardly matters because the freewill of someone else’s evil heart will always win?
But… the Lord answered Habakkuk directly. God reminded Habakkuk in Chapter 2 that He was in control; Habakkuk 2: 6 “Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion!” God reminded Habakkuk that those who do evil will be punished; Habakkuk 2:12 “Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime”! God reminded Habakkuk that He was in control; Habakkuk 2:20 “But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him”.
This brings us back to Habakkuk 3:19. This is the reason Habakkuk declares, “The Sovereign Lord IS my strength”. The Lord did more than remind Habakkuk that He was in control. He communicated directly with Habakkuk during distress. Therefore, Habakkuk was able to keep going despite the evil he saw. God wasn’t a far away distant voice. He was there all along listening to his cries. He was near to Habakkuk. He cared. That gives us hope today. Jesus Christ came and died and through Him we have the same communication. Just like Habakkuk, we might feel like this world is falling apart. We might feel as though evil will always win. But through our cries to God, we can be assured of the same thing; The Sovereign Lord IS our strength!