Though the fig tree doesn’t bud,
And no fruit grows on the vines;
Though the olive crop declines,
And barren fields fill with mud;
Though sheep vanish from the pen,
And no herds are left to hoard;
Yet I’ll rejoice in the Lord,
In the God of my salvation.
-Wills Osborn (3/6/20)
(Based on the text of Habakkuk 3:17-18)
James 1:2-3 says, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” James wrote to believers who were enduring persecution for their faith in Jesus.
Habakkuk wrote to Israelites who had turned their backs on God and were bracing for God’s impending punishment. The prophet spoke with God for a while to try to understand why he would let his people be so severely disciplined. His conclusion was that even if everything were taken away from him, he would trust in the Lord.
This week there will likely be situations that cause you major frustration. Probably not as bad as what the Israelites or early Christians endured, but aggravating none the less. Will you choose, like Habakkuk and James, to rejoice despite the trials? God is enough. He will take care of those who trust in Him.