If we remember the story concerning the Prophet Habakkuk, we will remember that the chapters started off with his complaints to God. Habakkuk was angry that it appeared that the wicked seemed to prosper while the righteous was in distress. Each time God responded to Habakkuk and reminded him of who he was. In the end Habakkuk had no choice but to worship God and to praise him for his faithfulness. He determined that no matter the circumstances, that he would rejoice in the Lord. “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls” (Habakkuk 3:17).
Habakkuk declared that God had strengthened him and made his feet like a deer. God made him to walk on high places and had lifted him out of his despair. Habakkuk was able to rejoice and praise the Lord after he had prayed and poured out his heart to God. God had time to listen to Habakkuk’s complaints and it was ok for Habakkuk to express his difficult emotions to God. God met with Habakkuk to reason with him and to answer his questions. I am encouraged to see how Habakkuk’s time in the presence of God ended in prayer and worship. Habakkuk had the space that he needed to offload his cares and worries. Once he communicated with God and told him how he felt, I believe that he was relieved of his burdens.
Like Habakkuk, there are many things that we are worried and disgruntled about. The mistake is that we sometimes avoid praying when we feel these negative emotions. We somehow think that we have to be in a good place before going to God. This could not be further from the truth. God wants us to come to him with honesty and authenticity and tell him how we feel. God knows our heart and what is in our minds and he wants us to be confident to come to him and be open and honest. Like a good father he will listen and reassure us. He won’t always take away the trial or give us what we want, but at least we remain in communication with him.
Our communication with God lifts the burden of heaviness and restores the joy of our salvation. “Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”” (Nehemiah 8:10).