The Thrill of Hope: In Every Season, I Will Rejoice

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. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

HABAKKUK 3:17-19

God is always God. Regardless of your circumstance, the season you are in, the struggle that you are facing, the drought that you are entering, or the blessing that you aren’t receiving, God is always God, and He is always good. He loves you so much and is watching out for you. He may not answer your prayer in the way that you want Him to, but He will give you the strength to endure anything that this life throws at you. He will be there with you through it all, and you will be able to walk through it with Him on your side.

This is good news, because we will experience trials and tribulations. Our expectations can be crushed. We can feel very uncomfortable and blame God for it. We can also recognize our Savior through the pain and struggle. We can rejoice in Him whether we feel happy or sad. We can celebrate our salvation through all of our seasons and struggles!

Let us rejoice in the Lord with all of our actions, all of our decisions, and in all of our thoughts. Let us direct our attention to Him when our bank account is low, our AC isn’t working, or when we’re having a relationship issue. Let us praise Him through all seasons, and not just when things are going well. Let us praise Him because He is God and because we are His children that He cares for — and always will — through rain, sleet, hail, or shine!

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank You for allowing us to come to You no matter what our situation is. Thank You for the desperation that comes with tough situations, and for allowing us to have worldly reminders that we can’t solve every problem on our own. Let us rejoice in You, our Father, in our pain and lacking, knowing that You bring heavenly comfort. We give our all to You now, as You gave all for us on the cross. Let us rejoice in our suffering, which is nothing in comparison to the ultimate sacrifice You made for us. We love You so much, Abba, and we earnestly wait for Your return. Amen.

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