Scripture: Habakkuk 3.
(What is God saying here?)
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)
17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; 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,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
It is so easy for us to get caught up in all the events around us and all the doom and gloom, that we just find no reason to praise the Lord. It is so easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves and deliberately avoid praising God for the good things that are going on in our lives. Unfortunately we flourish on the attention we receive when we are down in the mouth. Well friends, I would encourage you to read the first two chapters of Habakkuk and see for yourself how this prophet complained and cried out to God because he thought that God was totally ignoring the circumstances affecting him and his country. To help us turn our attitudes around, I want to recommend that we always find something to thank God for before we ask Him for something. You see, even if we have a broken arm, let’s praise Him for the good arm we still have. I have recently heard some folk who were in deep pain personally, say how grateful they are, especially when they see the agony someone else is in. In other words, in spite of their pain, they find reason to praise the God of this universe, our Creator and Lord, Jesus Christ. Let’s take as our motto that in spite of what may be going on in our lives or around us, we will always rejoice in, and praise the God of our salvation!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord, You are holy and extremely awesome! Thank You for creating me, giving me daily bread and good health to enjoy all the wonderful things around me. Thank You for blessing me with a family and Christian brothers and sisters who pray for me and stand by me, especially when I need a hand up. You are always there for me and there is no one like You. I have so much to be thankful for, even before I could find anything to whine or complain about. I am most blessed, thank You for loving even me!
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