June 15

Like I said in my message, Habakkuk 3:17-18 has become one of my favorite verses down through the years.  It is ultimate trust.  It is like a wedding vow to remain faithful in sickness and in health.  It is very easy to follow God when things are going well.  When you are not struggling financially and hardships are few, blessing and praises easily flow from our lips.  But when things are tough, when we worry where our next paycheck is coming from, when bills pile up and we wonder how we can make it through, joy is not often to emotion we experience.  I have experienced several times in my life when I was unemployed and looking for jobs to support my family and I.  Those were dark times; times of crying out to God; times when I had more questions than answers.  But they need not be that way.  “Through 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, thought 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.”  How could Habakkuk say this?  Re-read his entire book and you will find out.  And then read the last verse once more.  Habakkuk had such confidence because he followed a confident God who will take care of EVERYTHING in our lives.