15th July 2020
“Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m jumping for joy to my Saviour God.”
– Habakkuk 3:17-19 from ‘The Message’ Version
During the past few months we‘ve experienced a lot of turmoil, both among our circle of friends and family, in our country and in the world.
Friends have lost jobs, families have struggled with relational problems and some may have passed away – and because of the extreme circumstances, they have been denied a decent and meaningful send off.
And we cannot listen to the news without hearing all sorts of doom and gloom.
It would be very easy for us to become discouraged and not have the inner peace that God desires for us.
We sometimes feel like God isn’t watching – or listening.
But, for all the many bad things we have seen or experienced – many more good things have come out of this pandemic. Many acts of kindness, caring and innumerable selfless actions by so many.
In Habakkuk we are reminded that God works through all circumstances and we can praise him no matter what’s happening.
His purposes and plans are being unfolded before our eyes and everything is right on schedule.
To coin a modern day phrase: “How cool is that!” What a blessing it is to know that God is in control!
Understanding Father, you know the uncertainties I face in life. Surround me with peace, safety when I feel surrounded by difficulty and distress. Remind me of your ever faithful presence.
READ & CONSIDER – Psalm 23 : 1 – 6
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; how my cup overflows…”
Take a few minutes to sit quietly and take this all in…
Have a good day and keep safe.