Wednesday, August 16, 2017

April 24: Overwhelmed

“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.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

We’ve all been there! The bills are due and there’s not enough money; the children are sick, the car won’t run, there’s not enough groceries to feed the family, the garden didn’t produce the yield expected, those that owe you money don’t have it to pay back, the bank account is depleted, the utilities are about to be turned off, everything that could go wrong is (or has) gone wrong.

At this point we have two choices. We can do as Job’s wife advised and curse God and die, or we can keep our eyes fixed on our Provider and choose to “rejoice in the Lord, [and] joy in the God of my salvation.” It’s a hard decision, but it is OUR decision nonetheless.

All too many people have fallen beneath their circumstances only to say that they “can’t” take any more or they don’t see any way out. What they’re not seeing is the fact that God is our total care-giver and our temporal circumstances have absolutely NOTHING to do with Who He is. In that, we can rejoice in the Lord and joy in the God of our salvation. He is Lord whether we “see” Him working in our situations or not. He is Lord whether we “feel” it or not. The fact is He is Lord … period. There is none other AND He is all we need!

So when the storms of life seem to overtake you, just remember He is LORD. Then, go on and rejoice in that knowledge. He knows our circumstances, He knows our weaknesses and our strengths, He knows US. Rejoice in the Lord and joy in the God of your salvation; He is worthy of ALL our praise.

Father, though life’s circumstances would seem to overwhelm me, I choose this day to rejoice in You and take joy in the God of my salvation, amen.

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

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