The book of Habakkuk is a small book of only three chapters, and maybe many of us have a hard time even finding it; but tucked away in the Old Testament, this book’s powerful truths remind us of the constant power and presence of God.  In a short overview, we can see the prophet’s progression from despair to strength.

1. Fear

1:2 “Oh Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!

In verses 3-4, Habakkuk cries out to God that “…spoiling and violence are before me” and “…the wicked doth compass about the righteous…”

1:7 – “They are terrible and dreadful;”

Habakkuk lays the groundwork in the first several verses for utter despair from sin and the world as he cries out to God to hear him and help him.  Have you ever been at a crisis in your life where you feel God is not there to save you?

2. Judgment

We then see God’s promise of judgment in chapter 2:3 “…wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” What powerful words from God as He gives His promise of judgment on sin. 

3. Hope

Have you ever been afraid? Habakkuk admitted his fear (3:2) and was then able to rejoice in the Lord and see His mighty power by humbling himself before God.

3:18-19 “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”

Our God is powerful, omniscient, and constant.  He sees you and hears you.  May today be a reminder of His saving grace in your life.


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Sandie Slye, Finance Administrator

The Slyes have been an integral part of North Valley for twenty years. Mrs. Slye joined the staff of North Valley in 1986. She first worked as a church receptionist and secretary then taught in our high school for nine years. Now, she assists her husband in the finance department. All three of the Slyes’ children have been born while they have served at North Valley.