Rejoice

Habakkuk 3:17-19 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will triumph in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!"

Habakkuk was a prophet who wrote prophesied in the first five years of King Jehoiakim’s reign (609–598 BC).  He was a prophet to Judah, the southern Kingdom. Habakkuk was deeply troubled at the evil acts being committed in Judah. He saw wickedness, oppression and corruption in the Nation.  God through Habakkuk prophesied that the Babylonians would attack and lead Judah into captivity in Babylon. God told Habakkuk that he was going to use the Babylonians to punish the wickedness of Judah. Habakkuk could not understand how God would choose to use a nation he viewed as more wicked to punish Judah.

While Habakkuk did not understand what God was planning to do, he ultimately comes to understand that God’s ways are not our ways and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. Though ordinary living is going to get tough, Habakkuk trusts in the plan of God.

Although we are experiencing pain and turmoil right now, we ultimately have to trust God and as Habakkuk said “Rejoice in the God of my salvation.”

Stay safe and God Bless,

Matt Schneider

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