This post is Day 26 in a series of studies about “Habakkuk”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Habakkuk – Day 26
We understand that the Cushites and the Midianites were distressed and in anguish as they saw that the Israelites approaching. The next sentence is surely referring to when they crossed the Sea on dry land, then watched as the sea returned to its place and all the Egyptians were drowned!
I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. Were you angry with the rivers, Lord? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory? You uncovered your bow, You called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers. The mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high.
The first words of these verses suggest that Habakkuk had a vision of what God had done in the past. He certainly hadn’t seen these things as we see world events today via the media!
But it also sounds as though this prophet was mixing his stories, or was having several different flashbacks. We understand that the Cushites and the Midianites were distressed and in anguish as they saw that the Israelites approaching. The next sentence is surely referring to when they crossed the Sea on dry land, then watched as the sea returned to its place and all the Egyptians were drowned! (Exodus 14).
The last part could be further comment on the same event, but reminds me of the flood which only Noah and his family survived (Genesis 7).
Whatever is going on in Habakkuk’s mind he is remembering some of the past victories that God had achieved in Israel’s favour. That is something we should all remember to do ourselves. When things look as though God is not answering our prayers, or that He has totally forgotten us, it is good to remember things He has done in the past.
Ask God today to remind you of some of the good things He has done for you in the past. Remembering Jesus on the cross is a good place to start, but more personal things would be good too.
Thank Him for the things He reminds you of, and be encouraged that He will be there in the future.