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.~ Habakkuk 3:17-18
The expression of praise and trust we find at the end of Habakkuk is at once life-giving and convicting, especially when we consider the opening line of the book just a few chapters before — “How long, LORD, must I call for help but you do not listen? Or cry to you…but you do not save?” (Hab 1:2)
Have you ever felt that way when you approach God? I know I have many times found myself wondering and crying out, “How long?!” “Why?!” “How come?!” In the book of Habakkuk, we watch as the writer moves from these questions, a place of angry despair, to peaceful surrender as the result of his interaction with God.
It’s a great reminder that our times in the Presence of God have a way of changing our perspective. I love how willing God is to interact with us–the whole book of Habakkuk is one of human complaint followed by divine response–but the result of that interaction is going to be seen in the transformation of our attitudes and perspectives.
I don’t know what you’re facing this month as you pray and live SENT. No doubt you are up against some unique challenges–we all are–but the Scripture above is a fantastic reminder of God’s goodness and provision, no matter what.
No matter what.
His love and care for us is not seen in material blessing; the above Scripture shows the reality of His role as Savior and God-of-all-gods is intimately known even in times that would cause others to despair.
Take a moment and re-work the passage above to reflect some of the things you are facing or areas you may be tempted to allow fear to take root this month. Maybe it starts with… “Though the economy falter and…” or, “Though my family find itself in pain,” or, “Though my health deteriorates,” or, “Though my heart aches…” Then spend time in His presence and allow Him to turn those things to expressions of trust and rejoicing in the One who made, sustains, keeps, hears and rescues us. We serve the God of more than enough who draws our heart to proclaim, “I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be joyful in God my savior!”
Why not take a moment to do this exercise right now:
…yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my savior.
*previously published at theydidwewill.org.