“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, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior”
Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV
In this passage we see that Habakkuk's crops were not growing and his animals were gone. How was He going to provide for himself or the people around Him? In the midst of all of this Habakkuk rejoiced in the Lord. When reading this scripture, a natural human response would be to fear. To grow scared. To try and control the situation ourself. To put our trust in other humans. To become anxious. But Habakkuk rejoiced. It says “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” He saw all that was wrong YET He rejoiced in the Lord. He chose to be joyful in God. To look beyond. Instead of focusing on what He wasn't grateful for he chose to turn to what He ultimately was grateful for—God.
It is easy during this season to be grateful. The holidays are creeping up on us. We get to see family we haven't seen in a while, we get to throw “friendsgivings” and we turn on Christmas music starting Thanksgiving day (or maybe before)—there is a lot to be grateful for, right? But what if we don't have that. What if we are in a season like Habakkuk— where things aren't growing around us, we are lonely and we feel like we are failing. Guess what? We still get to walk into thanksgiving. When our gratitude is rooted in Jesus rather than our circumstances things will start to shift. That heavy anxiety will be cast out by His perfect peace. That situation that is causing fear in our hearts, we get to bring that to Him and let Him overcome fear with His love. By putting our gratitude in Jesus—whether that be what He is doing in you currently or holding on to the victory He won for you on the cross— we usher in His presence. When we are unconditionally rejoicing in who He is we are constantly reminded of the ways that He is moving. When we thank Him for what He is doing—big or small— that continues to give us perspective and clarity of who He is. When our eyes are locked in on Him our hearts will naturally flow out of gratitude. The fear and anxiety will transform into greater trust of who He is, who He says you are and what He is doing in your life.
So my challenge is wherever you are- give thanks. If you are in a season like Habakkuk or not, we get to rejoice. Because He is good (period.) Whether you can list one hundred things you are grateful for or one— rejoice that He is God. That He is good.
God, we say thank you for who you are. Thank you that you are God and that you are good. Would you come and focus our eyes on you this break. That we would look beyond circumstances and at you. Transform our hearts to be more like yours.