Though I Starve, I Will Bless the Lord

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Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.(Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Habakkuk was a man committed to finding his joy in God and God alone. In his world, to have the fig tree wither, the olive fail, and fields be like iron, meant no food on the table. To have the flocks decimated and no herd in the stalls meant a slow, hungry death for his family. This is life at it’s bleakest, when everything is simply collapsing.

And yet even if his life should disintegrate, Habakkuk could still find joy. He had a joy that transcended his circumstances, a joy that wasn’t smothered by pain. He could rejoice when most people would be cursing and complaining.

I want this joy, don’t you? What was Habakkuk’s secret?

He found joy in the God of his salvation.

Habakkuk’s joy couldn’t be smothered by life’s brutalities because his joy was rooted in God. If he saw the fig tree start to wither, he would rejoice in the God of his salvation. If he saw his herds decimated, he would run again to his God. Habakkuk went deep with God, and found a joy that was unbreakable.

So when your 401k nosedives, and your health begins to fail, where will you find your joy? When you’re passed over for a job promotion where will you run? When you’re still waiting to get married after all these years, where can you find joy?

I want my joy to be deeper and stronger than my circumstances. I want to find my joy in the God of my salvation.

The question: what does it look like practically to find joy in God in the midst of trial?

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Comments

  1. says

    ?The question: what does it look like practically to find joy in God in the midst of trial??

    I’m still single and have health problems. There are SO many ways to find joy in the midst of trial.
    Scripture has been the biggest help. Reminding myself of God’s unending care and faithfulness. Preaching objective truth to my soul when my feelings are trying to take control. Specifically, I’ve found this (long) set of Scriptures very helpful: http://1qt5.sl.pt.

    I’ve also found much joy in reminding myself that I was not put on earth for my own comfort and pleasure. I exists to glorify God. My question shouldn’t be “How can I get the most comfort/fun in of life?”, but “How can I best glorify my Savior?”. When my focus is on God and His care for me, my joy increases.

    The gospel. When I’m more enamored with Jesus and what He accomplished for me, I can’t help but be joyful. Even when my body has no energy and I do not feel good. I’m saved. I’m loved by the Creator of the Universe. I’m redeemed! How can I not be joyful????

  2. says

    Objective Truth in Scripture has definitely helped. Constantly trying to remind myself of the Gospel and therefore the goodness of God.

    One passage that never seemed to leave my mind, was Micah 7:8:
    “Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
    Though I have fallen I will rise!
    Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light!”

    I’ve definitely come to realise the importance of being surrounded by Godly men and women to build up, encourage and “mourn” and “rejoice” with!

  3. says

    How interesting it is that I receive this post today, the first of the next five days that I am tempting a water fast. I will be reminded of this unspeakable joy when those hunger pains start grumbling. I love the part where you do not allow the joy to be “smothered by pain”. How deeply I need to be intentional of this in so many areas of my life. I am married yes, but I have no children and have been barren for years. It’s true that there have been so many times that I wanted (and often times still want, truth be told) to feel sorry for myself. It is painful as it has been my biggest heart’s desire. But why do we keep latching on to this pain and at times hold it for dear life? We often sing about God being all we need. I guess it’s time to really believe and live showing it. Thank you for blessing me today.

  4. says

    One of the things I love about Habakuk is that he starts out complaining about God’s justice. To go from that to this state of declaring God to be good and just no matter what happens to him is amazing.

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