On this Thanksgiving, why should we thank the Lord when He seems so slow in wiping out evil? And, why do evil people seem to prosper at the expense of the weak and poor? These questions are not new. The prophet Habakkuk asked these same questions in the Bible over 2500 years ago.
The cruel Assyrians had wiped out the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Now, they were threatening the Southern Kingdom of Judah where Habakkuk lived. God’s people had suffered for generations. But, the Lord assured Habakkuk that He was still at work. Suffering is part of the sinful, fallen world in which we live. But, ultimately God will bring justice and peace to the world.
So, as you read today realize that you will suffer, Christian or not. You will die, Christian or not. But as a follower of Jesus you suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ but will ultimately be comforted. And, you will die, but not in defeat like an unbeliever, but with triumph and eternal life as your never-ending destiny. And this is something we can truly be thankful for!
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.