I departed from my "scheduled" Bible reading today and opened the Bible in search of random (or Spirit-led) inspiration. First I opened the book to 1 Kings. I don’t want to read there. Next I opened it to Isaiah. I read from there not too long ago. (This isn’t sounding very random anymore, is it?) On the third attempt, I came to Habakkuk. Sure, why not. I started reading around the 15th verse of the first chapter and continued through to the end of the book. The ending was what I needed to hear:
I will wait quietly for the coming day…
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
(Habakkuk 3:16-18, New Living Translation)
It seems to me that this is really the essence of living the Christian life. It’s about waiting quietly – or patiently, in other translations – in faith that victory is coming, even though the current circumstances are difficult. Even though there appears to be no reason for hope. Even though… In spite of everything I see, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, in the God of my salvation!
So today I will rejoice. And you can rejoice. Be joyful. Amen.