This post is Day 10 in a series of studies about “Joy”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Joy – Day 10
Being joyful is a decision all of us can take at any time. Yes there are problems world wide and in many of our family circumstances today. But we must never forget that our all powerful Sovereign God is in charge, He is still the Miracle worker and sees everything.
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 Saviour.
The last chapter of Habakkuk’s book begins with a prayer that is very suitable for our day. Lord I have heard of Your fame; I stand in awe of Your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day…. We are all hoping to see more miracles, the guilty punished, the irresponsible decisions reversed. What is God doing? Just watching? That is how many feel in our day.
But as Habakkuk continues his tirade against the Lord, he persuades himself, that the end is not yet. Declaring what God has done in the past results in the prophet’s celebration, and decision to be joyful in the Lord no matter what.
Being joyful is a decision all of us can take at any time. Yes there are huge problems world wide and in many of our family circumstances today. But we must never forget that our all powerful Sovereign God is in charge, He is still the Miracle worker and sees everything. He is not worried. Hallelujah!
Read the three short chapters of Habakkuk today and focus on what is real for your situation. Notice that being joyful was a decision that Habakkuk made. He stopped looking at the problems of his world, and began to focus on the powerful God that he was familiar with.
In chapter 2:4 Habakkuk had declared the righteous person will live by his faith. Finally he decided to live by his own faith, and declare that things would be OK because God was still on the throne of Heaven, and would not fail those who believe in Him; still something we can do in our day!
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