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Where's Your Joy?
In the past two weeks I have been brought to these particular verses in Habakkuk.
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 Godis 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
Habakkuk had just heard from God how He was going to take care of the wickedness of His people with the Babylonians. It was not going to a pretty site. Yet despite all of this Habakkuk penned this song at the end of chapter 3. Showing us that despite what we have and our circumstances we can still have hope and joy in our lives if we find it in God.
Starting from an early age though, we naturally begin to put our joy and hope in the temporal things of this world. I can remember a time when my happiness was dependent on whether or not I had the entire collection of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with Master Splinter and the Turtle Van. Oh the disappointment I had to face on my birthday when I opened a Ghost Busters vehicle when it should have been the Turtle Van.
You see we will live a life of disappointment and dissatisfaction if we are always looking for the Turtle Van to feel completed. Though we may have Master Splinter in our hands, that wise rat will not get us through the tough times. The question we have to ask ourselves is where do we find our joy in “things” or in Him?