“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the Lord , I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17 – 18).
Setbacks, disappointments, bad news, etc. Maybe these are the ordeals you’ve been experiencing. But in order to finish your race, you must be a mature Christian and this word was given to help us become more mature. Mature Christians trust God unconditionally. Those whose foundation are solid trust God especially in moments like the one we are facing because no matter the circumstance, they rejoice in the Lord.
This is the attitude we must adopt. The reason of our joy cannot be based on the things we conquer or the situation we find ourselves in, but knowing that our names are written in the Book of Life. This is exactly what our Lord Jesus taught His disciples:
“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20).
No matter what we face or even lose in this life, as long we haven’t lost our salvation we haven’t lost anything. We cannot let the problems we encounter make us have setbacks in our faith. We also can’t allow the devil to use our problems to take us away from the presence of God, because this is exactly what he wants. For this reason, we cannot question God. He knows everything and He knows us better than we know ourselves. Sometimes He will even withhold certain blessings from us for our own good because a blessing before its time is a curse (see Proverbs 20:21).
You may be facing the hardest moment of your life, but choose to put your trust in God. Don’t complain or voice out defeat, instead pray for God to make you stronger. As Christians, we must learn to lift up “spiritual weights” in order to exercise our faith. God is training us for bigger battles; He is training us to face the “Goliaths” in this world. Though they are unpleasant, these are the things that make us stronger.
It’s in the desert that we have experiences with God, just like Jesus. The Spirit of God led Jesus to the desert to prepare Him for what was ahead (see Matthew 4:1). Was it easy? Certainly not! But this is what made Him stronger and even enabled Him to take the Cup of Wrath in our place. God allows problems in our lives, not to break us but to shape us so that we can become better for Him. So, instead of listening to people and giving heed to the voice of doubts, we must trust God and even thank Him for our faith.
As we journey towards the end, we must set our eyes above because only those who persevere until the end will be saved. The years of Christianity we amass will not deliver us the day we give up on God. Remember, it’s in the hardest moments, that God reveals Himself in an unimaginable way.
This decade we will experience God like never before if we choose to keep our eyes on Him and rejoice in our salvation.
May God bless you.