Thoughts from Habakkuk 3:17-19
31 passages series
Though our world around us falls apart, the God of our salvation is within us, holding us together and fanning the flame of joy.
But there is even more mercy. During these times He gives us strength to rise up and walk on the heights where fear normally seizes and self-pity viciously overwhelms us. Therefore, when times are hard and suffering is upon us, may we look to God, for in Him we will find joy and strong footing for amazing faithful ministry. In these times of ordained “losses and crosses” God is glorified in us as we are satisfied and rejoice in Him.
God satisfying hearts rarely ends with us but overflows for the good of others. In our times of being wrecked, we have incredible opportunity for joy, worship, and unbelievable loving our neighbor opportunities. The normal eyes see destruction and imminent death; the new eyes given by Christ see the Father and unparalleled joy, strength, hope, vision and love.
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.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
(Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV)