Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes 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 rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. – Habakkuk 3:17-18
How many times do you look at your situation and complain?
Maybe you are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Perhaps you barely make enough to pay the bills every month. Nevertheless eat.
Then all of a sudden this major expense shows up.
Perhaps it is not financial. Maybe it is a long-term illness—cancer, liver or lung problems—for you or a loved one.
All this looks devastating in the natural realm.
No reason for you to rejoice, but that is exactly what God is expecting you to do.
God’s ways seem to be opposite of our ways (Isaiah 55:9). He says “Let the weak say ‘I am strong.’ (Joel 3:10).”
Instead of complaining, God tells us to rejoice (Philippians 4:4).
The word rejoice in Habakkuk 3:18 is the Hebrew transliterated word `alaz, which means to exult, rejoice, triumph.
The primitive root of this word is aw-laz’, meaning to jump for joy, i.e. exult: be joyful, rejoice, triumph.
Think about this: we are to jump for joy when we are in the midst of trials. We are to be joyful.
Why? Because II Corinthians 2:14 tells us that God always causes us to triumph, and John 16:33 says that Christ overcame the world.
God is our Savior (John 3:16), our Redeemer (Isaiah 44:6), our Provider (Philippians 4:19), our Protection (Psalm 91), everything we need.
This is why we can rejoice in the midst of problems. We know our God has everything under control. He has our back.
All we have to do is believe that what He says He will do (Hebrews 11:11).
That, in itself, is the reason we can rejoice in the midst of the storm: our God is faithful (II Timothy 2:13).
Will you take the challenge? Will you rejoice in the midst of issues? Will you exalt God? Praise Him even when you see nothing happening? Or even getting worse?
When you do this, when you rejoice and praise God instead of complaining, things will start to look different. Even things just take on a different perspective.
Will you rejoice today?