Choosing Joy

Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove
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5 min readMay 1, 2024

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Part three of a three-part series

In this final revisit to Habakkuk, the thing that stood out to me is the importance of in -person church attendance for knowing God in community. It’s something I didn’t consider before lockdowns and I wonder whether the slow return to physical fellowship plays a role in the Western world’s current decline in mental health.

I will celebrate in the Lord;

I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!

The Lord my Lord is my strength;

he makes my feet like those of a deer

and enables me to walk on mountain heights!

Habakkuk 3:18–19

Habakkuk listened to the Lord’s plan for Judah in horror and confusion, but his knowledge of God’s character helped him work out his response. Chapter 3 is Habakkuk wrapping his brain around the juxtaposition of mercy and judgment in the circumstances of imminent catastrophe in order to save. He pleaded with God for mercy within wrath in verse 3, then described the Holiness and Glory of God before painting the picture of the ultimate destruction of evil. And then he recognized God’s purpose in the chaos: crushing the wicked and saving His people.

Habakkuk didn’t pretend to understand the hand of God. That’s good news for us. We don’t HAVE to understand. Habakkuk said, “I hear, and my body trembles” (3:16). He was not happy about what lay ahead. He knew it was going to be bad. And yet. And yet. And yet, he made a choice to respond…

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Defaulting to Grace and other observations
The Dove

By Stephanie Loomis: Lover of Jesus, Wife, Mom, Ama, Writer, Teacher, Photographer, Singer, Athlete, Artist...a modern Renaissance woman.