Rejoice in the Hurting

I am someone who loves to have a plan. If I don’t know every detail of the plans, I will typically begin to worry because of the unknown factor. Well, right now, there are alot of unknowns in the world. You really can’t make plans because things change every day. This is very hard on a lot of people. It’s causing worry, and a whole lot of pain.

In Habakkuk, Habakkuk has times of waiting. Times of unknowns where he does not know what the future holds.

“I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.”

Habakkuk 2:1

As the devotion that I am reading says:

“The book started with Habakkuk’s despair. He was in a bad spot and the nation was in a bad spot. He felt like God has forgotten His people and He was wondering if the Lord even heard his prayers. Throughout the rest of the book, we find out that God did hear his prayers, but we also learned that things were going to get worse before they got better. Perhaps this is what makes the finale verses of the book so moving. Instead of being angry that things were not going the way he wanted, Habakkuk had learned to walk by faith and not by sight. And the book of Habakkuk reminds us to do the same.”

“Even If, A Study of Habakkuk” By the Daily Grace Co.

You see just like us, Habakkuk and his nation were in a bad spot. I am sure you can agree that this year has been hard for our nation. There have been times where we fell that God has forgotten about us. Yet, just as Habakkuk later realized, God has not forgotten us and he hears our prayers. We must just walk by faith and trust that the Lord will do what He says he will.

One thing that the devotion I am reading said that really stuck out to me is this:

“Even if the worst possible thing happens in our lives, we have the Lord, and in Him, we have all that we need.”

“Even If, A Study of Habakkuk” By the Daily Grace Co.

Even though this can be so hard to believe in the time of hardships, it is so true.

No matter what we go through, or what we do, there will always be one thing that remains and the is Jesus. And believe it or not, that is all we need because He will provider for us.

Whatever hardship we are facing, know that we can look to Jesus because he suffered and took our place. He has overcome the enemy and this world.

“And right there, in the middle of suffering and struggle and the burdens that lay on our hearts, we can rejoice. We don’t rejoice because of our situations. We don’t regjoice because of sucess or achievements. We don’t rejoice because trouble never came. We rejoice because when the fire came, He was with us every step of the way. We rejoice because of who he is.”

“Even If, By the Daily Grace Co.”

Is that not beautiful? Even if everything in this world goes wrong, we can still rejoice because of who the Lord is!

“Though the fig tree may not blossom,

Nor fruit be on the vines;

Though the labor of the olive may fail,

And the fields yield no food;

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,

And there 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;

He will make my feet like deer’s feet,

And He will make me walk on my high hills.”

Habakkuk 3:17-19

So, whatever you are going through today, I hope you find your strength in the Lord, knowing that he walks beside you, and behind you, and in front of you. I pray that you find strength to rejoice even in the pain because of the goodness of God.

See ya next time beautiful people,

Madi

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