A young adult at our church recently lead us in a reflection from Habakkuk. It reads:
“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 Saviour.”
Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV
And then she asked, “What is your though?” Even though things did not go well for Habakkuk, he still decided to rejoice in the Lord.
What is your though? Even though I’m struggling through family crisis, even though I feel stressed by work, even though my health is failing me, even though my finances are limited…
We all have a “though”. There are always challenges in our lives. But the choice is still ours. What will you decide?
My prayer is that whatever you are going through you will still have the faith to rejoice in the Lord. It’s not just a feeling it’s a decision we make, that no matter what may come, we will choose to rejoice in Him.
We will choose to rejoice in the One who is greater than I. We will choose to rejoice in the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the maker of the Heavens and the Earth, the all-powerful, all-knowing lover of our soul.
And that when we make that choice to rejoice in the Lord, that our “though” will not seem so overwhelming after all.
Lord, even though challenges come into my life, I choose to rejoice in You today. Amen.
What is your “though”? What is the thing that challenges you and inhibits you to rejoice in the Lord?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.