Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit 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 triumph in Yahweh, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! Habakkuk 3:17-18 HCSB
Over the years in ministry, I have encountered many people who have faced difficult situations: the death of a child or spouse, a serious illness, a wayward child, etc. All of these are painful situations that sometimes causes one to ask, “Where is God?” or “Why is God allowing this to happen to me?” or “What good can possibly come from this tragedy?” But often I have found these people to have some of the strongest faith in God. Many have even been drawn closer to God as a result of the situation and praised Him in the storms of life.
Habakkuk is expressing the same type of faith in God as when Job said, “Even if He kills me, I will hope in Him. I will still defend my ways before Him.” (Job 13:15) The prophet Habakkuk knew the results of the impending attack on his people. There would be no fruit or crops and there would be no sheep or cattle – yet Habakkuk expresses his praise for God.
Challenge: Set the example for others by praising God even when the storms of life come your way. Know that God can and is working His will in every situation, even in those situations that are difficult to endure. God loves you and only wants the best for you. Listen to Casting Crowns sing “Praise You in this Storm” on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCpP0mFD9F0