The 30 Day Praise Challenge–Day 12
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,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
I can’t help but think about the story of Job when I read this passage. Job, if you don’t already know, had it all. Job also lost it all. Yet he praised God. We live in a broken world where pain is inevitable. But as a follower of Christ I have learned to depend on God’s sovereignty when it feels like everything is falling apart. I have experienced the peace of God that is beyond understanding and logic. Life’s difficulties seem a bit more manageable. But how do I explain that to an unbeliever?
It is challenging to express the feeling of peace I have knowing that God is in control to people who don’t believe in God. Walking through heartache with those I love still hurts even though I know God is sovereign in the pain. Words may be inadequate, but choosing to praise God in the good times and the bad times is enough. And it is in these times I pray that God will open the eyes of those I love to see God and His sovereignty in my life.
Whatever you are going through today, bend a knee, bow your head and thank God that He is in control.