Daily Devotional

Habakkuk 3:17-18

Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls- Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

As we look around at our world right now it can be so easy to focus on the negative. We are living in the middle of a pandemic that has shut down the world economy, kept people at a distance from each other, and has seemingly divided our nation. A hacking attack has shut down gasoline delivery in the east leading to gas shortages and hoarding. Israel is under attack daily from rocket attacks and is launching counter attacks into Gaza. Yet we should rejoice?

Yes! We of all people should rejoice! Our God is the Lord Almighty, Who was, Who is, and Who is to come! In spite of all that is going on around us daily, we of all people can have hope. Why? Because our hope is not in men, it is not in a medical breakthrough, it is not based in this sinful, fallen world. Our hope is in the Lord.

This very timely verse reminds us that despite what we see as calamity and hardship, God is still on His throne. He is still in control. God doesn’t take a coffee break, He is always there and nothing is a surprise to Him. Jesus said in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Be of good cheer, rejoice in the Lord for He is our salvation.

So how do we do that in times such as these? We focus on God, we pray, we turn off the news and open our bibles. You will find that when you focus on God and his promises, the worries of the world will seem less troublesome as you see more clearly the greatness of our God.
New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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