The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.
Habakkuk prophesied in a time when the dominance of the Assyrian Empire was being overrun by the up-and-coming Babylonians. The children of Judah were moving from the influence and oppression of one evil right into another.
The record of Habakkuk’s prophecy is primarily a series of petitions, proclamations, and prayers to the Lord under the continual oppression of unjust and evil regimes. Yet in this concluding verse of his prophecy, Habakkuk arrives at a single truth that could well be embraced in any day and age. We could state it like this: God has not destined His children to live under the circumstances, but rather above them.
Habakkuk uses two names for the Lord to endorse his point. First, he speaks of Jehovah Adonoy, which means “the Lord God is my strength”: “He [Jehovah Adonoy] will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” What great words from a man in the midst of a season where there were few, if any, high points!
But it is so like the Lord to remind His people that life is not to be lived under the circumstances but above them. There are high hills for us to walk on at all times and in all seasons, but the Lord has given us feet that are stable. Even in precarious places, we can walk just as securely as the sure-footed deer on the high hills.
I am not a big fan of heights, and I have learned the truth and effectiveness of the age-old counsel to not look down but to look straight ahead. Nonetheless, I have discovered that it is human nature to look down at potential disaster. This is not God’s plan for us, to keep our eyes focused on possible disasters every day of our lives. God, Jehovah Adonoy, says, “Walk on the high hills with confidence. Quit living under the circumstances, but walk above them as I have ordained for you to do.” Sometimes this begins by simply no longer looking down.
So put on your deer feet and walk with assurance today on top of your circumstances. Jehovah Adonoy is your strength!
Excerpt from “Body Builders” now available on Amazon.