I am carrying on in this DIG with the same theme as yesterday, that is rejoicing.
I said it was a choice that we make either to rejoice or not, and it should not be dependant upon our circumstances or our emotions.
I was drawn to read the end of Habakkuk this evening and greatly encouraged there by the attitude of the writer of this book.
Habakkuk saw some horrendous things and the conditions we see near the end of the book are awful.
There was no harvest of fruit or olives, the fields were bare, the flocks were not flourishing and on and on it goes (Habakkuk 3 v 17).
The biggest disaster I can see here is that there were no grapes so there would have been no wine!
Joking apart, in the farming society that this book was set these conditions were disastrous.
Yet he still chose to rejoice in the Lord, to find joy in the God of his salvation (Habakkuk 3 v 18).
Yesterday I said if Paul could choose to rejoice then so could we, today I say if Habakkuk could choose to rejoice then so could we.
Even in the really bad times we have lots to rejoice in.
We can rejoice in the Lord that we have been forgiven for all our sin through the shed blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).
We can rejoice in the Lord that we have been made righteous in His eyes (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).
We can rejoice in the Lord that we are accepted in the beloved and been adopted as sons into God’s family (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6).
We may be going through bad times (and we all do) but we can all rejoice in our forgiveness, righteousness, acceptance and adoption.
Because of these amazing truths we can all make the choice to be cheerful and calmly happy even in the hardest of times; it is a choice.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for my forgiveness, righteousness, acceptance and adoption and because of that I choose to rejoice right now”.
Habakkuk 3 v 17 and 18…..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