Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Will Rejoice In The Lord!

I Will Never Leave Thee Or Forsake Thee
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.The LORD God is my strength, 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: [Habakkuk 3: 17-19]
                                                                                            One of the realities of living in the world is that a large number of people are completely consumed by the difficult economic situations, that not only exists in this country, but that exists in the entire world. Sometimes it seems looks like to a child of God the unjust are prospering and the righteous has been forsaken, but we must remember that God has promised His people that He would never leave you, nor forsake you. Here is what Habakkuk said, 
  • Although the fig tree shall not blossom, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. 
  • Although there shall not be fruit in the vines, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. 
  • Although the labour of the olive shall fail, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. 
  • Although the fields shall yield no meat, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. 
  • Although 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.
Habakkuk said, although...., yet will I rejoice in the Lord. I will rejoice in the Lord of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength and He will make my feet like hinds' feet, and He will make me walk upon mine high places. Therefore, I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. That is the same way every servant of the Lord should look at it also. When we look and see the condition that this present world is in sometimes we become discouraged, but we must remember that we are serving a true and living God. We're serving a God that sits high and looks low. A God that has all power in His hands, a God that will defend His own. So regardless of the problems or the  solutions our God is still in control. I will rejoice in the Lord, for he has assure me in His word that he would not leave his children nor will he forsake us, and He, also, told us in this world that we would have trials and tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.

When we reflect on what's happening in the world today, and the future events that we know are about to happen, we are suddenly faced with two possibilities. What are the two possibilities: (1) We can trust and rely in the political, military, and financial experts, or any other authority that opines makes decisions that will affect the future of this country and the world or (2) We can trust God and His Word. We can trust and obey. The great reality is that life of a true believer can only rely one thing and that is trusting in God and His Word. Throughout the history, of the world, there have always been big government, powerful countries, or empires that have mastered or conquered a large portion of the world, but despite their military and economic power, none have never remained for ever. Sooner or later all have fallen, and others are about to fal, including the USA. But something that has always remained constant, and that will always remain is the ,Word of God. This is something that is clearly expressed by the prophet Isaiah as we can see in Isaiah 40:8 when we read: “…The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever...”  And we can also see the same words clearly expressed by Jesus Christ in Mark 13:31: "...Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away...."  

No one is going to have a big party or dance in the street to celebrate the fact that there is no jobs, no food on the table, the bank is about to repossess their home, or automobile. But the truth is this, Habakkuk is not saying, in these verses, that he would be having a party to celebrate the terrible situations, that are close at hand, that they would face. We, as Christians, can choose between being depressed all the time, devastation, and sadness, or  staying in a place of joy, in God’s presence. We can choose between trusting in our strength, or trusting in God’s power. How can a believer remain strong in these uncertain times? A believer can remain strong in these uncertain times only when he learns to trust and fully depend in God.

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