The Hymn of Faith

By Alyssa Edward

If you asked me two months ago what COVID-19 was, I would have no idea, now it’s a household name. It has changed the way we move and act and function (or not function) as a society. It’s changed the things we prioritize and it’s even changed the basic way we live and survive. We are all home. We don’t go out, we don’t see family, and we don’t physically socialize. Often in the last month or so I have asked God one singular question, “Why?” Why, God, have you allowed all of this to happen? And while I still don’t have an answer to my question, I have found hope. My hope is found in a little book in the Bible called Habakkuk. Habakkuk is a prophet who asks God “Why?” He asked why evil things happen to good people and why bad things happen to those who are faithful to God. God’s answer is incredible. He says “For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it was told you.” (Hab. 1:5) God is saying that if He told us all the good He had planned because of this seemingly evil time we would never even believe Him! How incredible is that! God has called us “For such a time as this” (Esth.4:14), and we need to learn not just to know about the Scripture but to live out the Scripture. We need to take the Word of God at face value and start praising God for the things He is doing because of these times because God promises that He is doing some great things. The end of Habakkuk is one of my favourites. It is a Hymn of faith. After all of his questions and doubts have been poured out to God, Habakkuk sings this hymn of faith. It’s a hymn that rests in contentment with the answers God has provided. That is the key, to be able to trust God (the Maker and absolute Sustainer of all life from the beginning of time to its end) so completely that you can mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically rest even during a global pandemic. I’ll end with Habakkuk’s Hymn of Faith:

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, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3: 17-19

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