Don’t complain; rejoice instead


‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3‬:‭17-18‬ – “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.”

This verse from Habakkuk is very inspiring. The prophet says that even though there is no fruit or flock, food or provision, yet He will still rejoice in the Lord. But the prophet was not always this way. In fact, the book of Habakkuk start off with complaints.

Habakkuk 1:2 says, “How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save?”

Imagine that! The prophet Habakkuk actually whining that God wasn’t listening to him. Ever felt the same way? It’s ok to tell God what we feel. We can be honest with Him about our emotions. But it needs to be a two way street. We must also keep our ears open for what God might be trying to tell us through His Word, people, and even our circumstances.

Habakkuk listened to God’s voice, and He was able to build up His faith again. He was able to praise God and rejoice, even in the midst of scarcity and hardship. Are you going through a dry season in your life? Do not be disheartened. Tell God how you feel, and stay tuned to Him. He will give you the strength to endure, and even rejoice right where you are.

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