Sunday Devotional: Habakkuk 3:17-18

“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”  (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Habakkuk was a prophet that God used to share His message with the people of Judah.  Unfortunately, the people of Judah weren’t receiving a happy message.  They had fallen away from God and God was warning the people that they would have to deal with the pending judgment.  Even more so, God was going to use the Babylonians, who were very wicked in their own right, to be the instrument that God would use.

In all of this, Habakkuk was faithful to preach the message.  He did question God as to why and the means that God would use.  However, Habakkuk trusted God no matter what.  These verses which are toward the end of the book show that.  When tough times come, Habakkuk would rejoice in the Lord.  When things don’t make sense, Habakkuk would take joy in God.  Habakkuk trusted God and would follow Him through thick and thin.

That should be our hope as well.  When times are hard, we should rejoice in the Lord.  When we question what we’re going through, let us be reminded of God’s faithfulness and works.  He has provided us salvation through Jesus.  He has given us mercy and grace.  And he has given us joy.  This week, let us rejoice in the Lord, both in the midst of good times and the midst of bad times.


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