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 sheepfold 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)
The Book of Habakkuk is easy to overlook, yet there many things said in its three short chapters that are truly magical. One such is the verses above taken from chapter 3.
Of course it is easy to praise God when things are going smoothly. All of us have a natural tendency to be content when things are good, but what when things go wrong?
Habakkuk is not saying that in bad times he will ignore his feelings, almost like an aesthetic by turning the mind from the negative things to concentrate upon the good and beautiful. No, what he is saying is that even in the midst of all these negative situations he will have a positivity based on a knowledge of who God is.
What situation do you find yourself in? Are you going through a rough patch at the moment? Perhaps you have been made redundant, are facing financial ruin, or someone close to you has received bad news concerning their health. God doesn’t expect you to ignore your situation, as if it doesn’t matter to him the pain you are going through. He is able to listen to your concerns and even your complaints. There won’t be a lightning bolt from heaven just because you are honest with God about how you feel!
What Habakkuk is advocating is not putting a brave face on it as the world expects us to do; it is trusting in God despite the situation you find yourself in. Be honest with God; he can take it!
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