I opened my bible this morning and began to read the passage selected for the day. There are times when scriptures fall into my lap and I want to just brush them off and look for an easier or more warm and fuzzy lesson.
God, however has a way of knowing exactly when to place the comfort and the warm fuzzes in your path and when not to as well.
When I am faced with a somewhat less than happy faced scripture, well it at time feels like a bitter pill to swallow, especially when I am in the mood for a warm fuzzy moment.
I woke this morning not quite myself. My physical body was less than cooperative and I wanted comfort. I sought something……..
God’s word met me very quietly and said:
HAB 3:17 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,
HAB 3:18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
My human translation is this,
Though I wake not feeling myself,
my physical body is ill at ease,
my mind wanders to my discomfort,
yet I continue to pray,
the words that I find bring a message.
Habakkuk, man of faith that he was,
had no crop in his field,
or livestock in his pen,
yet he rejoiced in the Lord.
“Though I have lost every earthly thing,” he said
“I will be joyful in God my savior.”
As my mind wandered this morning during my prayer time, I was distracted by my physical issues. As I read about how steadfast Habakkuk was, he never waivered no matter what. He had no crops, no way to sustain his family, things were dire and yet he looked past his physical condition and found the faith to praise God.
My few minor physical issues were nothing my comparison. This small piece of scripture really clarified how I am to praise God in all circumstances (even if I don’t really feel like it) because He deserves it.
He, the Lord God Almighty…..deserves our praise!
Today I have to look past the minor physical discomfort and see that God has purpose in every moment of life.
This morning God gently spoke and said “Child I know you don’t feel well, yet look at Me, see Me and I will teach you again how great I am.
I closed my bible and thanked God for again showing me how wise He truly is in knowing my need before I even began to draw breath.
Copyright © Aug 2008 R. Lambright