December 7, Joy in the Sovereign Lord

 Habakkuk 3:17-19   “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.  The Sovereign LORD is my strength, he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”     (NIV)

Promise:  God promises to be my strength, joy and enable me to endure life’s trials no matter what it looks like around me.

Why is it important to know this promise?

God’s character is revealed:  He is pure Joy, Hope, Savior, Sovereign, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Protector, Provider, Pure energy and strength.

Promise provides me with:  assurance that God is in control no matter what the circumstances may look like to me, joy, strength, hope, protection, salvation and will enable me to overcome with joy though dependence upon Him.

Habakkuk the prophet was trying to give a very bleak picture here of things that could go wrong and would go wrong in the Israelites agrarian society.  We can easily translate those concerns into worries of our own- should the stock market crash, the floods, drought and storms increase, should I lose my job, not have enough money to buy food, suffer poor health…. our list can go on and on.  Then Habakkuk gives us words of hope when he focuses on the strength to be found in the Lord.  Depending upon the Lord is a surety and will produce joy, strength, hope and a way to rise above the trials that come into our lives.  As we remember those that died in WWII and especially at Pearl Harbor today, we can depend upon the Lord to see us though difficult times and help us to rise above devastation.  Look up today and see the possible heights God wants to guide you toward.  God is sovereign and knowing that will give you peace,confidence and joy as you trust Him.  Praise God!



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