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“He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.”
During a challenging season in my life, I was desperate for a comforting word from God. I had ZERO energy to listen to podcasts, preaching messages, or read my Bible much at all. So I did what any responsible Jesus follower would do.
I went to Google. (Come on, you’ve done it too. haha!) I typed in “Bible verses on strength” (I needed strength), clicked “search” and waited for Google to bestow upon me the treasures within its matrix. The modern “flick and pick.”
A few search results down the list, I noticed the fist few words of a passage found in Habakkuk. I clicked through and read:
“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!”
Yep, The Divine whisper can even be heard through a Google search. (Although, I do not endorse this method as a way of studying the biblical text. haha!)
Infinite strength is already threaded through you.
Woven into you by the Spirit itself. It’s micro and macro at the same time – within you and around you – personal bravery and an invincible army: you are empowered and surrounded by God and his strength. The start of Habakkuk 3:17 is comforting and beautiful to read.
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What Habakkuk says next may sound strange to some: “He makes my feet like hinds feet.”
Have you ever seen mountains so tall and sharp, rocky and steep, they look like they’d be impossible to climb? Perhaps you’ve seen them in movies or in motivation pictures on the wall at your local Doctor's or Dentist's rooms? Yet these impossible mountains have tiny lines no wider than a few inches that wind up and around them. They’re little trails and tracks treaded out by deer. As they climb these impossible treks, their back feet step in the exact sam spot as their front did just moments before. It is the most sure-footed, focused and agile mountain creature, and it is the only animal that can scale mountains such as these.
Both David and Habakkuk said that God would cause them to be as sure-footed as a “hind.”
They used this animal and its ability to walk up the ‘unclimbable’ as a picture of how the Divine can empower us to the do the same. And notice that in both the David and Habakkuk account, God did not miraculously pick the deer up and carry it to the top – that was something the deer was made to do. They were suggesting that God gives US the ability and skills to climb the mountains in our lives, “to walk and make spiritual progress upon [the] high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility…”
In the middle of the challenge I was facing, I wanted God to separate me from it. I wanted the instant miracle. I wanted it fixed, done, over and me moving on to bigger and better things. I bet some of you can relate to that. I bet some of you have even prayed for that. Just like me.
But I have found that God rarely takes away my challenges and pains and heartaches and makes it as if they were never there. Instead, he reminds me that I am a ‘Human Hind' (haha!! stay with me…), created with the ability to walk out the seasons of hardship. If I never walk through them, I’ll never learn that I can.
Strength is found in the walking.
Is it God’s strength in us? Is it our strength? Yes. With God, it's not an either-or, but a divine ‘and'. His strength IS our strength.
Holy and human, the greatest miracle of all.
Like a hind… how can you keep walking? Leave us a comment below.
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Written by Liz Milani