Deer Feet

“The LORD God is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to tread on the heights”  Habakkuk 3:19

This verse was written to people who were going through really hard times (see vs 3:17-18). I like the meaning of the word ‘strength’ here. It stands for “personal bravery” or “invincible army”.

But why are we to be encouraged with being made ‘like the feet of a deer’? Think about the deer-like animals that manage to easily maneuver around the treacherous and unstable footing of those high mountains. Their little hoof is hard and flat enough to handle the rocks, and pointed enough to dig in to the loose terrain for stability.

This reminds me of a saying I use to keep with me as a teenager, “do not pray for an easy task, pray to be stronger”. Back then, life was easy. This only applied to stuff like not hoping my golfing opponent would slice his ball into the woods, but pray that I would execute my game at a high level.

But now life is a lot tougher with job, wife, kids, bills, health…we shouldn’t pray for God to flatten the mountain, or to smooth out and lay outdoor carpet over the cragged rocks. We need to ask for deer feet.


Heavenly Father, I need Your strength. I need You to make my feet like those of a deer, especially when times gets tough. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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