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August 5th - Habakkuk's Hairy Questions

Habakkuk's Hairy Questions

(Habakkuk 1 – 3)

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Habakkuk, the Old Testament prophet, appeared on the same around the same time as the major prophet Jeremiah of Judah. Habakkuk’s writings were marked by tough queries. This prophet of God was not afraid to ask the difficult questions of justice, righteousness, divine fairness and more.

We may ponder some of these same issues today, as we await the answers of the Lord.

“Why do You tolerate wrong?”

(Habakkuk 1:3b, NIV)

“Why then do You tolerate the treacherous?
Why are You silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”

(Habakkuk 1:13b, NIV)

And how does the Lord answer?

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay.”

(Habakkuk 2:3, NIV)

Will we trust Him to hold the truths we cannot fathom? Do we believe He is able to transform trials into triumph?

Here’s a poem the Lord gave me this morning, based on the end of Habakkuk 3. May God bless you and draw you closer to His own heart, as you seek Him.

The Harvest Is Yet to Come

Who will work the land,

If farms refuse to flourish?

How long will we wait?


How long will we wait?

If farms refuse to flourish,

Who will work the land?

Bare bark betrays us.

Yellowed leaves hide shrunken bells,

Bounty masked by blues.


Bounty masked by blues,

Yellowed leaves hide shrunken bells.

Bare bark betrays us.

May we sow the seeds,

Germinated from His heart.

Reach up now to thrive.


Reach up now to thrive.

Germinated from His heart,

May we sow the seeds.

c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Will you pray with me?

Holy Harvester,

Creator of creativity itself,

We long for Your answers.

No questions

are too tall

for You.

We cry out for Your healing

And Your harvest

Among us.

Draw hearts to Yours.

Bring Your justice

And Your mercy

To our world.

We honor You.


Posted for a variety of prompts:

AC poetry calls (harvest poems)

Easy Street Prompts (“working the land”)

Haiku Friday (haiku poem/s)

Heads or Tails (“yellow”)

Meme Express (Sunday invitation to Simply Snickers)

Monday Poetry Train (poem/s)

Naisaiku Challenge (Naisaiku poetry)

One Single Impression (“blue”)

Simply Snickers (“bare,” “bark” and “beside”)

Sunday Scribblings (poetry)

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  1. Wow! His harvest is truely worth waiting for!!

  2. It is harvest time - my favourite time. I like the idea that the harvest is within us.

  3. I, too, like the way you've given us a harvest within ourselves.

  4. Good rains this year mean abundant Rice harvest predicted for December - thanksgivings will follow.

  5. What a beautiful post..I am certainly blessed to read your words and poetry. Visiting from Linda's site. Best wishes to you : )