Habakkuk 3:17-18 – 17 Though the fig tree does not blossom and there is no fruit on the vines, [though] the product of the olive fails and the fields yield no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there are no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
As I read this verse a question prodded my heart; a question that every believer should ask themselves. Can we honestly state that despite of circumstance, no matter what we lack, no matter if our dreams come to fruition or that our breakthrough is evident; can we state that we will rejoice in God. The common answer is yes, of course; but if faced with a difficult situation; can you proclaim that the Lord is good and your joy is in His salvation? The common understanding of many professing Christians is God will provide but can you state that our faith is not tied with the blessings we receive, the gifts we hope for. True believers understand that though troubles arise, though supplies lack, though needs are unmet and wants are set aside; our joy is not tied to these things. Our faith is not chained to the gift for our true reward is the Giver. Many have fallen into the viewpoint that the reward of faith is the glittering prospects of this world but understand that nothing on earth can be our reward for faith. Yes it might be that we are blessed in abundance to supply our needs, our wants and become a blesser to others but material and monetary possessions are not the true reward of a Believer. The true reward is the presence of God who dwells in us, strengthening us through difficulty, guiding us to righteousness, never leaving us nor forsaking us. Our true reward is glory when we face our King and all tears from our eyes have been wiped away. That is our true reward. For know this, nothing made in this world nor created by human hands can bring true joy that is lasting in our hearts. No abundance can fill us with peace and contentment if God does not dwell in us. Thus this is how we are tested, especially when what we have hoped for seems bleak, when troubles seem to drain us of our hopes- can we transcend what we feel, change our mindset and recalibrate our Christianity? Can we state today that our Joy, our hope, our peace is in our King and only He can suffice the hunger in our hearts, the need in our Spirits?
Lamentations 3:24 states – I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” Wait on the Lord, desire Him alone, set your eyes on Him for only through His love can we stand content, stable, loved and at peace.