S (Scripture) – Habakkuk 3:17-19 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit 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, yet I will triumph in the LORD; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights.”
O (Observation) – Habakkuk was just given a vision from God about what was about to take place in his nation. Everything was about to fall apart in a catastrophic way. There were going to be no crops, no herds, and an army that was about to put the nation under siege for two years, and literally starve them to death. No matter what we have been through in our lives, having to go through two years of watching an entire nation and our families around us literally starve to death (or, in some cases lead to cannibalism) and the survivors being taken captive by a ferocious foreign nation would be horrific in comparison. Habakkuk saw that this is what his precious nation of Judah was going to come to, and he was heartbroken. Yet, he declares this statement that he will triumph in his God; that he will rejoice in Him, and that He is his strength. He knew that the Lord was in control of the situation, and that no matter what ultimately happened on earth, that God would keep His promises to him and his nation.
A (Application) – Whatever it is that we are going through right now, we must always remember that our victory, hope, joy, and wisdom is found in the Lord. The world around us, our family, professional advice, etc. does not have the last word over our situation. We should place our sights on Jesus, and allow Him to change our perspective of whatever it is that we are going through. It’s easy to get bogged down in the minutia of our day-to-day lives without stepping back to see how God may be moving. God loves us, can be trusted, and will see us through our circumstances one moment at a time. We must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) instead of searching high and low for answers from the world. It’s been said by some that “God will never give you more than you can handle.” That is a lie. God often gives us more than we could handle in our own strength. If we could always handle anything on our own, apart from God, why would we need Him? He intentionally gives us more than we can handle so that we increase our faith and dependence on Him to help us through it. The way that happens is by us declaring that no matter what is going on around us, we are trusting Him. He will direct our steps and empower us with the Holy Spirit to get through anything. The often quoted verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13),” rather than “I can do all things because God would never give me anything I couldn’t handle on my own.”
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, You are faithful and can be trusted. Despite whatever our issues are in this moment, You are still God. You are far greater than anything we are going through, and help us to change our perspective to Yours – one that is eternal and focused on Your kingdom agenda versus us caught up in the fleeting thoughts to which we are tempted to cling.