Habakkuk hears the news of a coming calamity that makes his lips quiver, his body tremble, and his knees knock. An invading army is going to bring terror and devastation to the land.Then he says:
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
I didn’t get it.
The thing about the deer just seemed to come out of nowhere. And it didn’t make any sense to me.
30 years later, I still didn’t get it.
On an intellectual level, I could now see where that deer came in, and I gathered what Habakkuk was saying. When things befall us that make our hearts tremble and our knees buckle, we can draw supernatural strength from God. Even when we are brought low by terrible adversity, we can leap upon the mountain heights by relying upon Him.
But practically speaking, I had a nagging sense that I didn’t know how to live upon God in such circumstantial extremities.
Then adversity came.
And I didn’t respond like a deer skipping on the heights. I reacted like a deer frozen in the headlights. Then I became stunned and immobilized like a deer that had been hit by an oncoming car. My circumstantial lows left me in a spiritual trench.
I would slowly come to realize that it’s from the circumstantial depths that we learn to tread upon the spiritual heights. When we find ourselves in the midst of extreme adversity–having nothing else to rely upon–we begin to practice dependence upon God. And only then do we begin to discover that supernaturally renewed spiritual strength that enables us to go bounding up into the mountains, leaping from height to height.
In low times,are you living like a deer on the high places?