Confidence in God

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Habakkuk 3:1-19, Psalm 17:1-15, John 1:14-18, Galatians 3:11

Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:1-19, Psalm 17:1-15, John 1:14-18, Galatians 3:11

The Broadway show, Mean Girls, is a spectacle. Hot pink and glitter, blonde hair and high-pitched voices—I saw them everywhere under the stage’s bright spotlight. As the play began, my eyes landed on Regina’s mother (played by Amy Poehler in the movie version). When her “Queen Bee” daughter arrives home with friends, the mother says: “There are no rules in this house! I’m not like a regular mom. I’m a cool mom.” Then she winks.

Regina’s mother is a laughing stock. Out all of the kids in the movie, Regina needs a strong parent the most. And in trying to be the “cool” mom, she’s actually no mother at all. Her well-timed wink is proof of her weakness.

I say this because we live in a time that would very much like for God to be a “cool” God. If He is all-forgiving, we suppose He is all-accommodating too. But we don’t have a God who winks at evil. In this passage in Habakkuk, we’re given explosive imagery, like a fresh pair of glasses with which to see God. Take the time to read the passage out loud and really envision the scene.

As I read this chapter, I imagine God standing in the midst of a city, turning His head back and forth, searching for something. He stomps through the earth, on the hunt. His brilliance is like light. Rays are flashing from His hand. Pestilence surrounds His feet. As I read Habakkuk 3 with this image in mind, a picture of God, I wonder, Should I fall in love with Him, or should I be afraid of Him?

I think the author of Habakkuk wants us to feel that tension. Because God is attractive, He draws us to Him. But He is also terrifying. Whether we’re about to be saved or destroyed, the same thing is true: God is worthy of our awe (Habakkuk 3:2). In His presence, our mouths should drop open; He is worthy of our rapt attention.

But what is He doing in this passage? What is He after? Our answer can be found right in the middle of the chapter where the prophet tells us why God is on a rampage: “You come out to save Your people, to save Your anointed” (v.13).

In this book of poetry, I see God as a fierce fighter trampling wickedness, turning His head to the left and right, all in order to find and save me. This is such great news! God is not angry with me; He is angry with evil. God is not on a mission to destroy me; He is on a mission to destroy His enemies. That is why the last few verses of this chapter are so very powerful. Can I write my own version? Can you?

Even if cancer takes the ones I love away
Even if my marriage falters and fails
Even if the house is empty of children forever
Even if my career is cut short
Even if my bank account is nearing zero
Even if all I see is sorrow and pain and destruction—
Even then I will rejoice in the Lord.
I will trust Him.
I will wait quietly for God to do His work, confident in His goodness and His timing.

No, God does not wink at our sin. But He loves His children, and He holds us in His arms, even as His feet stomp out the worst of the evil in this world.


Claire Gibson is a writer whose work has been featured in publications including The Washington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine among many others. An Army kid who grew up at West Point, New York, Claire is currently growing roots in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Patrick, their son, Sam, and their dog, Winnie. Her debut novel, Beyond the Point, will be published next year.

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61 thoughts on "Confidence in God"

  1. Leah Larkin says:

    Needed this today. The imagery was Wow! Like many others on here two songs came to mind, Reckless Love by Bethel Music and Even If by Mercy Me! God is so Good!

  2. Amy says:

    Wow. This hit hard, thank you for this amazing challenge that has drawn me closer to God

  3. Theresa M says:

    Habakkuk 3 reminds me of the song Reckless Love. “Oh He chases me down, fights til I’m found, leaves the 99. “

  4. Sunshine Moss says:

    And if not, HE is still good! ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Shamia Pintard says:

    I loved the reflection of this passage. Awesome message!

  6. Lani Edwards says:

    God does not wink at sin. Excellent reminder

  7. Kelle Anne says:

    This hit home hard today. So thankful.

  8. Maiya Howard says:

    Wow. Yes, I will co thingie to trust Him and His timing.

  9. Kristen Elizabeth says:

    Wow! I need this most days, let’s face it. He’s the awesome God who is worthy of all praise and worth more than all the things we want from him. All the money, the relationships, the things that we think we need that will fill that hole inside our hearts. It’s him. It’s always been him.

  10. Kasey Summers says:

    Need this this morning

  11. Monica Davis says:

    What a great god!

  12. Emily J says:

    I really connect with God through worship/music, and this reading makes me think about the songs Reckless Love and Even If. There is no shadow that God won’t light up, no mountain He won’t climb up, no wall He won’t kick down, no lie He won’t tear down to come after our lost souls. His love is incredible and His goodness is not dependent upon our circumstances. It’s really comforting to know that He will still be good, no matter what happens to us. Even if we can’t see His plan, or don’t know why something bad happens, we can still have hope in Him, for we know that He has already saved us.

    1. Margaret Fabinski says:

      Yes! Agreed Emily

  13. Jo Moody says:

    My heart raced reading this. I felt like I was seeing Him trample and conquer while the whole time watching for His beloved to save from the destruction. True Love!! I cannot stop thinking about it. WOW!

  14. Steph C says:

    This! “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, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength!” (Hab. 3:17-19a) Regardless of what life looks like … how hopeless it may seem … I can rejoice in God. He gives me joy. He makes me strong. I am confident in Him and His love.

  15. Ash says:

    I’m struggling to find the words to explain how this image of God has grasped my heart today. I needed the reminder that He would march across the world to rescue me. How deep the Father’s love.

  16. Ashley Thomas says:

    Regardless of my plan for my life, I will remain faithful to God’s plan for me, even if it is difficult, even if it is not why I envisioned for myself. It’s so hard to let go and let God, but it’s something I’ve really been working on the past couple of years. When I start to become fearful, instead of worrying and playing out worst case scenarios in my head, I pray. When I’m stressed, I pray. I have to give it to God because He knows what He wants for me.

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  17. Lindsey Bailey says:

    Wow. Chills. This was powerful. I remember when my husband and I struggled with infertility and God gave me these exact verses in the midst of some of the most discouraging years of my life. ‘Though the fig tree should not blossom…’ Month after month after month, God taught me how to praise Him even when I couldn’t see the fruit I so longed to see. Even when everyone around me was getting pregnant. Even when the people who didn’t seem to deserve to bring life into the world, easily got pregnant. I learned to turn my face to Him. He took my questions and burdens and made my path somehow lighter with His presence. We now have three children. The fruit that we prayed for finally came. In the midst of waiting though, we learned such a valuable lesson. Even if it never came, we would praise and trust our God for He is good.

  18. Churchmouse says:

    There are no cold cases, unsolved or unseen or forgotten by our God. There are no lost files. He will judge justly. Which means I do not have to. It’s not my job. I don’t need to fret or worry or plot. In the midst of all the “even if’s” of my life, I can be still… because I know God. When my emotions try to race ahead of the situation I’m in, I turn up the worship. I rejoice in the Lord. And I keep on rejoicing until my emotions and my mind get in line with Truth. He is my Sovereign Lord. “I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

  19. Dorothy says:

    “But He loves His children, and He holds us in His arms, even as His feet stomp out the worst of the evil in this world.” Claire this is what I needed to hear today to start my day. I know I am loved by the Almighty no matter what I do.

  20. Alexis says:

    Thank you Claire for this word. I have been struggling with not being good enough for God and thinking we are on bad terms because I make mistakes. I have to remember that I am loved and forgiven.

    Even if I don’t know where the money is coming from
    Even if I still have cancer
    Even if my promises don’t come true
    Even if my family continues to be chaotic
    Even if I am stressed by all the work
    Even if I am weary from the wait…
    Yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
    God, the Lord, is my strength;
    ghe makes my feet like the deer’s;
    he makes me tread on my high places.

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  21. Kristy 'Dame'Morrow says:

    This hits right to my heart. I think you could have written that new verse for me. My mom just got diagnosed with cancer, after loosing my dad to it 21 years ago. My bank account is nearly zero. But God WILL NOT FAIL ME! I’m so thankful for that. Resting in that promise today! Trusting for his provision to get us through!

  22. Gina Snow says:

    Wow! This hit the nail right on the head for me. Thank you, Lord, for your provision even in my devotional reading. Thank you for reminding me again of who You are and reassuring me of Your role in this chaos and suffering. Cleanse me of all unrighteousness and may I surrender fully to your will.

  23. Cynthia Johnston says:

    ~B~ Praying for you and yours. Miss hearing from you and your insights. Hope you all are well! ♥️

  24. Abigail S says:

    This reminds me that I should remain drawn to God even in the midst of confusion or even anger at not seeing an answer yet for faithful prayers and in any other season because he faithfully restores US

  25. Jennifer Nease says:

    Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord
    17  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,
    18  yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    fI will take joy in the God of my salvation.
    19  God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer’s;
    And: Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will i trust him.

    Funny how the prosperity preachers never use verses like these. We can all fall into the trap though of looking for the blessings more than we look for the giver. We become more focused on what we want out of life rather than Who it’s about and where it’s about. In Hebrews 11 they are all looking ahead* which is why they believe and obey through hard, hard lives. May our focus be eternal, may our hope and strength be in God.

    1. PamC says:

      Love this last paragraph.

  26. Mari V says:

    And even though I’ve been single parenting for the past year +, I refuse to be the “cool” mom. It has been a challenge! I need to be mom! Do I fall short? Yes! MANY many times.

    1. Dorothy says:

      Amen I too fell short when I was raising my son as a single mom but I had God’s help and my son has turned out great. You can do it Mari I will be praying for you.

  27. Mari V says:

    This devotional reminds me of a song by Cory Asbury: Reckless Love. I specially like the part where he sings “leaves the 99”.

  28. CJ says:

    Where are you? You’ve been on my heart. <3 Praying for you today. Have a blessed day!

    1. Kimberly says:

      I’m praying for you! I’ve almost written the same thing CJ did a dozen times, dear sister in Christ. I’ve gone back and looked in past days for you thinking maybe you posted later in the day. We love you and miss you, but mostly we’re praying for you and your family. Hugs to you!!

  29. Savannah Gilmore says:

    Love this beautiful devotion! We had a discussion on this topic last night in our small group. What love we we have from our awesome God.

  30. Kimberly Foshee says:

    Thank you Claire for sharing this word today! I needed this encouragement! Oh how He loves us so….and oh how He fights for His children! As I read through this I couldn’t help think of the importance of putting in our armor everyday! How can we fall if we are guarded by His righteousness, love, grace, and truth? We simply can’t! That’s the beauty of His all sufficient love and power! Knowing we have confidence in Him that He covers every one of our circumstances- whatever we face- is such an amazing truth! To stand in awe of all of that He does for us – it’s such a precious gift! All we have to simply do is bring all of ourselves to Him…and worship Him through it all – knowing He carries and holds His chosen! Be blessed ladies! ❤️

  31. Aerika Tibbs says:

    The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!

    Habakkuk 3:19 Amplified

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  32. amarose says:

    Though the student teaching position come to an end and I leave my students
    Though the next placement is filled with uncertainty and I have no job for afterwards,
    Though my brother continues to stumble further down the wrong path and nothing we do seems to help
    Though my anxiety flares up
    I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior
    God is faithful and he has proven it time and time again in my life, in the dancing and in the mourning and he will continue to be faithful, again and again. Amen

  33. Kailee Tidball says:

    Please pray for me sisters. Sometimes I fear I don’t know how to love…don’t know how to feel compassion. I struggle to look outside of my current situation and feel joy or praise.

    I want to be loving, kind, compassionate and full of joy and praise. I just don’t know how to get there, I guess.

    1. Cassie Schneider says:

      Praying for you. I think everyone can relate to how you are struggling in one way or another. Take victory in choosing to take the time to reflect and focus on Him. It’s easy when it’s early in the morning and the day hasn’t fully started yet, the trial comes as the day gets going. Set yourself up with reminders throughout the day to draw your focus back to Him when you need it most.

    2. L Johnson says:

      Praying for you, Kailee. Only God can give you these things. You can’t produce them in yourself, no matter how hard you try. Cry out to him from your heart and ask him how you get there. He longs to answer your heartfelt prayer.

    3. Deborah Craytor says:

      Heavenly Father, Kailee is struggling with her emotions right now, wanting to feel love, compassion, and joy and to be able to praise You despite her current circumstances. Remind Kailee that she is not defined by her emotions but by what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Because of Christ’s death on the cross, she can wake up every morning and live life knowing that, no matter what she does, thinks, says, or feels, the cross covers it. Because You offered up Your own beloved Son, Kailee can have peace with You and can face each day and each person she encounters with fresh hope and grace. Help her to focus on what is true, not on how she feels. As she sits before the cross, help her to gain a new appreciation for what Jesus’ sacrifice actually means for her on a daily basis: that the indwelling Holy Spirit is guiding her day by day to conform her ever more closely to Christ’s image, the greatest picture of love, kindness, compassion, joy, and praise in all of creation. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

    4. Dorothy says:

      Praying for you

    5. Kailee Tidball says:

      Thank you, sisters, for your prayers and encouragement. They truly mean so much.

  34. Kelly Chataine says:

    The Habakkuk passage caused me to look at my sin, which seems great, and then humbly ask for forgiveness. God has forgiven me and now, I must bring my sinful self under control. I am ashamed of my behavior. Have mercy Lord!
    My job, teaching high schoolers, is so difficult this year and there seems to be little to no support for teachers. Today, I dread going. My feelings are not sinful but I have been allowing my feelings to take flight via my mouth. I have been telling almost everyone I come in contact with that my job is difficult and there is no support for me or other teachers. Ah, there it is, there is my sin. It is long past the time for me to be silent unless I am praising God! He is worthy!

    1. Maura says:

      Praying for you Kelly. That you feel His support in your days. It sounds like you do need to speak to someone, praying God leads you to who needs to hear about this lack of help. The district supervisor. Thank you for teaching, it can be a daily battle these days, but students need good Christians. God bless you Kelly.

      1. Terri says:

        And that the district supervisor respond with support of all kinds and that others also bring support to you.

    2. Lehua K. says:

      Praying for you Kelly, as well as your students. I still have the email from when we spoke a little while back. Take care and God bless, sister!

  35. Kyra Nixon says:

    No matter what, I will praise the Lord! Thank you for this lesson today.

  36. Amy says:

    Thankful that even when God allows stressful, unfortunate circumstances to happen in my life, He gives me what I need to stand firm and not shrink back in fear. The encouragement I’ve been receiving from Him through this study has been getting me through a very difficult time at work. Even if I’m being questioned about my ‘inaction’ as a nurse following a patients death.. I will trust in God and wait for Him to vindicate me as David did when facing injustice and accusation.

    1. Terri says:

      Praying for you to stand strong. The joy of the Lord shall be your strength.

    2. Dorothy says:

      Amy, be a nurse myself, as long as you did what you felt was right you need to stay strong. I will be praying for you.

    3. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

      Praying for you Amy

  37. Kristen says:

    Yes, He is a Holy God! I want to revere Him and give Him the honor and glory due! Jesus is the King of Kong’s and Lord of lords. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. All things were created through Him. Nothing would be existing right now if He wasn’t sustaining it! Amazing! Even while being beaten and hanging on a a cross, He was giving breath to the ones doing these and sustaining the universe and providing every creature’s need. I often forget how awesome are His Works. I heard Dr. Charles Stanley day that when we stand before Him, we will fall on our faces. I don’t want to forget how Holy and Majestic He is! Help me to live in awe of a you and Your Son, Jesus! Forgive me for not holding You in the highest regard, being prideful, and thinking I can handle things. I am reminded of the song Be Magnified! Help me to do that always.

  38. Karen joy says:

    Thank you claire for the word. It was very encouraging…. even if…

  39. Tina says:

    Claire, this was awesome… thank you.

    I am by no stretch of the imagination anywhere close to the magnitude of God and His love for us His children, But God has given me a heart to love, and fiercely too the ones He has blessed me to call family.. friends.. and so I know about fighting for them, I know about loving them to the point where, if there is an injustice .. heads could roll, for the hurt, pain, distress caused…
    My emotions again are NOTHING compared to Our God’s… but it gives me an idea of how He feels when things go ‘wrong’ for us…

    He loves us… regardless of what we’ve done, where we’ve been, will do in the future…
    He loves us in our pain, our brokenness, our grief..
    He loves us in our situations good or bad…
    He loves us..
    He loves us..

    Even if my heart should break..

    Even if I cannot hear my mother’s love in her voice…

    Even if life gets hard…

    Even if I feel overworked and underpaid..

    Even if living seems hard right now…

    Even if I feel an ache in my heart that stops me in my tracks…

    Even if..

    Even if..



    Still…and most especially then, I will rejoice in the Lord.. He has been and continues to be my strength.. He enables me to put one foot in front of the other..
    He has got this..
    He has got me..
    He is my God..

    I will praise Him…


    Fixing my eyes on Him, Sisters.. hoping you find your refuge in Him who only ever has your best..BEST interest at heart…
    Sending hugs wrapped in love and prayers ..

    Happy Weekend y’all ❤

    1. April says:

      Yes, God is good all the time. Amen.

    2. Jo Cook says:

      ❤️❤️❤️ Amen!!

    3. Mari V says:

      Beautifully said Tina!

    4. Dorothy says: