Rejoice In The Lord
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God Is In Control
Habakkuk was experiencing some very tough economic times. Verse 17 tells us what was happening. There were no figs on the trees, no grapes on the vines, no oil to cook with, no crops growing and no animals for meat. This simply means there was nothing to eat or drink and the future was not very promising. People would panic if that were to happen today.
Habakkuk remained positive and faithful as verse 18 shines rays of hope. Habakkuk knew God was the source of everything. He knew that God is the Creator and Sustainer and could make anything happen. He knew God had everything under control. If God wasn’t going to allow the earth to produce then somehow everything would work out in His timing. That’s why he says, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord and take joy in the God of my salvation.” Even in the worst case senerio he knew he would be saved, even if he died.
Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on praising the One who controls everything. Circumstances can change quickly. There was not a lot of food, but Jesus fed 5,000 men. There was no wine at a wedding feast but Jesus saved the best for last. To rejoice in the Lord when things are not going well means you know that God has something great in the works. People all around you may be down in the dumps and depressed but you could be the one who brings hope and encouragement as a solution. Your attitude and actions reflect how you trust God.
Praise God for what He has provided and you will not dwell on what you are lacking. God will provide what you need. Thank Him in advance.