“Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (emphasis mine)
I have always loved this passage. Habakkuk the prophet had the right attitude. He chose to praise God and rejoice in Him, regardless of his circumstances...no matter how dreary and depressing they were. We often cannot control what will happen to us or what trials we will face but we can control our attitudes and reactions. Though...(fill in the blank with whatever troubling you: eg. health problems, relationship problems, death of loved ones, financial crisis, etc.), yet God is still Who He is and still in control and still loves us and cares about us. Therefore, we can choose to always trust in Him and rejoice in Him. He is our Lord. He is our Savior. He is our Strength.
Let's choose joy and commit to walk in joy no matter what's going on around us. Let's look to God who is our Source of joy, instead of fretting over our situations.
Lord, please help us to have a thankful & joyful heart/attitude even through our difficult times. Please enable us to bear hardships and endure trials while reminding us, Lord, that You're with us through it all.
"But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful." Psalm 68:3
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4
"I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness." Isaiah 61:10a
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