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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, December 7, 2018
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Crop failure and the death of animals would devastate Judah. But Habakkuk affirmed that even in the times of starvation and loss, he would still rejoice in the Lord. Habakkuk’s feelings were not controlled by the events around him but by faith in God’s ability to give him strength. When nothing makes sense, and when troubles seem more than you can bear, remember that He gives strength. Take your eyes off your difficulties and look to God. (NLT)
Habakkuk 3:17-19 – Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.
Though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food; . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord. –Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NRSV)
Phillip Catterton (Kansas) titled his story “REJOICING IN A BARREN FIELD;” here is a portion of Phillip’s story:
“Farmers labor to ensure that their toil will be rewarded, that their families and communities will be well nourished. . . . All farmers, all prophets, and all people face circumstances beyond their control.
“. . . In the first two chapters of Habakkuk we find the prophet struggling in prayer with these difficult issues. At times he even questioned God. In the end, Habakkuk chose to worship the Lord and found joy in God’s holy presence instead of in his circumstances.
“I can relate. I have applied for jobs I didn’t get, tried my best at relationships that did not work out, and poured all my strength into ministry only to see my dreams go unfulfilled for a time. I have learned that if our joy is found in results or our present circumstances, then we will continually second-guess ourselves and face deep frustration. But if our strength and hope are in the Lord, then even in a barren season we will be able to follow Habakkuk’s example and worship God with joy.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Even in stressful circumstances, I can find joy in God.
Prayer: Dear Father, give us the perspective and the faith to praise you in the barren seasons of life. Amen.
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