Yet Will I Rejoice

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Habakkuk 3:17-18

These verses give us the ideal attitude that every one of us, as Christians, should have.  Habakkuk, after three chapter of prophesying judgment and asking the Lord to have mercy on Israel, ends with these words.

He basically says that, no matter what happens, good or bad, he is going to just continue to rejoice in the Lord.  In verse 17, absolutely nothing is going right.  The trees don’t blossom or produce fruit, the fields don’t produce any grain, the sheep and cattle both fail, and there is no food.  That is a bleak situation.  If we have to miss a meal for some reason or if our steak isn’t done just right, we often feel like the world is caving in.  But even in the worst possible situation, Habakkuk says that he will “rejoice in the Lord” and that he will “joy in the God of my salvation.”

Even though we may never be actually faced with starvation after all of our food sources fail, we can use these verses every single day.  Things around us might look bleak: we, or loved ones, are sick; we have lost a job, we are having trouble with one thing or another.  But no matter what the situation, we, too can “rejoice in the Lord.  We, too, can “joy in the God of our salvation.”

If there is nothing else in the world to rejoice in or be thankful for, surely we can be thankful that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and brought us salvation.  When we think of it in those terms, suddenly, our problems don’t seem quite so bad.  Suddenly, even in the midst of trials and troubles, we can find ourselves rejoicing in the Lord!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben, for reminding us of this most important truth. I pray that having Jesus and His salvation, brings me joy always, in every situation.
    God bless you as you joy in Him today!


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