The Reason for Hope

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.  The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.  To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Yesterday, we looked at the simple fact that, no matter what happens to us or what is going on around us, we can and should be rejoicing in the Lord.  Today, we will look at the last verse of the book of Habakkuk and see why we should be rejoicing, no matter what comes our way.

We will rejoice in the Lord and joy in the God of our salvation because “the Lord God is my strength…”  We we are weak and when everything around us is failing, we can take solace in the fact that the Lord is our strength.  We can be encouraged by that every day.

It also says that “…and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”  I live in an area that has quite a few deer, and they are incredibly graceful animals.  To have “feet like the hinds’ feet” would be quite a thing.  But that is what the Lord can do for us (maybe not physically, but certainly spiritually).  He can also make us to “walk upon mine high places.”  Even when we feel like we are walking through a valley, the simple fact that the Lord is with us is enough to make us “walk upon high places.”  When you think about the difference that the Lord makes in a person’s life, you can see that the lowest, darkest valley for a Christian is better than the highest mountain top for the person who doesn’t know the Lord.

We certainly have a reason to rejoice!

10 responses to this post.

  1. We certainly do have a reason to rejoice Ben. This last year has been perhaps the most difficult year of my life and yet God has helped me through it all to stand tall and strong. My faith now is stronger than ever. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. What a truth for us, Ben, that even in our lowest places, we are held up by Him and are more secure than those without Him in high places. God bless you and strengthen you today!

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  3. “When you think about the difference that the Lord makes in a person’s life, you can see that the lowest, darkest valley for a Christian is better than the highest mountain top for the person who doesn’t know the Lord.”

    Loved this thought! It’s so true! I’m so thankful to know Him.

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  4. P.s…. I FINALLY remembered to look up Happiness Is. It’s written by Ira F. Stanphill (c) 1968

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  5. Thanks, Ben

    “When you think about the difference that the Lord makes in a person’s life, you can see that the lowest, darkest valley for a Christian is better than the highest mountain top for the person who doesn’t know the Lord.”

    I guess that’s putting things into perspective, yes?

    Blessings
    ann

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  6. That’s one of those things that I occasionally have to remind myself. This world is as bad as it gets for a Christian and as good as it gets for a non-Christian. That does put some things into perspective.

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