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
Habakkuk 3:17, 18
Barren. Nothing, but emptiness. Sometimes things don’t go well, and it seems as if it’s all over. People get sick, marriages fail, jobs can be lost, or one disaster hits after another.
And yet here, in this little known book of the Bible, and elsewhere in the Scriptures, God often reveals that there is light, there is hope, because God is in the midst of us. We can still be joyful!
I’ll admit I’m not good at this. When you experience one trauma after another it can be so difficult to stay positive, but perhaps it’s a decision on our part to remain open.
Look at what Habakkuk writes at the end “….I will be joyful….” What?? How?? Everything is in ruins and we’re to be joyful? And yet with God all things are possible.
Heavenly Father help us to see that we can be encouraged when disasters strike, by focusing on You. And Lord remind us to reach out to others when we are in need, or when people we know, need to be encouraged. Amen.
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