Friday, 20th April 2018: There is blessing in rejoicing during difficult times!

Scripture Reading: Hab 3:17 -19
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Reflections:The prophet Habakkuk stood in Jerusalem and pondered the state of sin in his nation, Judah. Not long afterwards, the Lord showed him how another nation, the Babylonians, would come and execute justice on Judah on the Lord’s behalf. He was dumbfounded and filled with sadness as to the calamity about to hit Judah. Even though he likened the coming condition to a fig tree that will not blossom and vine that will not bear fruit among others, he submitted that in spite of it all, he will maintain a rejoicing attitude. It is difficult to rejoice when you are hit by calamities but when you are able to do so, there are benefits you will reap. Habakkuk shows it all as God becomes your strength (this refers to renewal of your inner strength which enables you to keep fit psychologically) and God positioning your feet to be like that of the hind to scale up your high places ( this refers to spiritual direction, focus and speed to get back to your destined path). Anytime you find your self in a sad situation, like Habakkuk, start rejoicing! Indeed there is blessing in rejoicing during difficult times!

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to rejoice in difficult times
Confession: I rejoice in the Lord despite difficult times.

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