It would be easier if we just gave up.
Reference: “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:18 NIV
Explore: I really admire athletes who come back from injury. I was just jogging regularly and feared an injury would stop my motivation. I can’t imagine what it would be like if it was your whole career and passion and something happened to your body.
While injured athletes are recovering from treatment all their peers are powering ahead with their training. And once their bodies have healed they then have to push themselves to get back to professional levels.
I could totally appreciate an injured athlete looking at the road ahead and seeing it would all be too hard.
Application: There are times in our own lives when we look ahead at what we’re expected to achieve and it all seems too hard. It would be easier if we just gave up.
But true transformation comes when we push through the hardship. We see the challenges but still rise up to meet them.
The prophet Habakkuk saw the grave future of the people who had turned from God. He experienced the hardship of a nation separated from God but he proclaimed “yet I will rejoice in the Lord.”
Often when hardships come we turn to God and shake our fists. How could He bring such hardship our way.
But the prophet Habakkuk reminds us of a true faithful follower. No matter what has happened and what may come, we will still rejoice in the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when our faith falters. May we endure each storm life throws our way and proclaim, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord.” Amen.
What challenges do you see on the road ahead?
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.