“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.”
Habakkuk 3:17-18 NKJV
The rose and the thorns
I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine
There’s gotta be a little rain some time…
I remember that song when I was kid. Back then I had no idea of the biblical truth hidden in the lyrics. I do now.
There are those who preach of a faith in Christ that if filled with health, wealth and prosperity. Heaven on earth. People adhering to this belief will often point fingers at those who don’t have health, or wealth or prosperity as lacking the faith to believe. This is a false belief.
In reality, we live in a world where good things and bad things happen to the evil and the good. When it rains, it does so on the just and the unjust, on the sinner and the saint.
The difference is the endurance in the storms of life. I have been blessed with a life chock full of the struggles of this world. I have had the illnesses, the financial setbacks, and have experienced the evils this world can throw at a person. In the midst of this I have seen the power of God manifest as He has delivered me time and time again.
In those darkest of times, I rejoice. My God has walked me through every trial, every setback, every slight received by those who hate me. My love for my Savior is not based on the good things that come to me. It is based on the fact that come what may my future is to be eternally with Jesus.
Life is just a journey from this dimension to the next, filled with moments of blessing and cursing, but covered by the consistent sovereignty of a loving God.
It is so tempting to cast doubt on the love of God when the storms come, when the bad things strike life and the reasons why seem impossible to understand. Those are the times I seek to trust him. I rely on those stones on remembrance buried at the bottom of my sea of despair. I know my God is good and that He will always have my best outcome in mind.
Sometimes, God’s best for us doesn’t line up with what we think is the best. I must surrender to His will because He knows the end from the beginning. Looking back, I marvel at all the trouble that God has kept me from, all the unanswered prayers that would have ended with calamity had He answered according to my will.
In times bleak, trust the Lord. He knows everything and He loves you. I am thankful for my Salvation. I am thankful that I can face an uncertain future with the surety of God.
I have the assurance that my God will be there for me. What if you don’t have that relationship and have not come to a saving knowledge of Jesus. You face a bleak future indeed. God is love. He is also just. He can’t have sinners in the purity of Heaven. Those who have not had their sins forgiven face a bleak future in eternal hell.
Our loving God wants no one to go to hell. He sent His Son Jesus to pay for our sins. Seek Him today and ask for His forgiveness.
You too can have blessing in times of cursing, joy in struggle, certainty in an uncertain world.
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