“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)
Our verse today is from a prayer written by the prophet Habakkuk in the Old Testament. It mentions the possibility of severe hardships we might face. When we do, faith become a matter of devoted allegiance to our God. It is then we must have confidence in Him regardless of our circumstances. The promise for us here here is that Our Lord is a source of real joy for those who know Him. We might think we find happiness from the things in the world, and when things are going our way, we find ourselves glad. But such things do not last. Our circumstances change and when they do, let's say, along with Habakkuk, that although all our resources and reserves are gone, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord” Lasting joy is found in trusting the Lord. The prophet experienced this true joy and that why he wrote this prayer.