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 go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19
I had decided to take the challenge that Beth Moore put out on her LPM blog. She challenged us to memorize a scripture every other week for the entire year. So...I asked God what He wanted me to focus on first and I waited and waited for His answer. Finally He says "Habakkuk 3". You know I don't mean He came down and sat on my bed and spoke, but I knew in my heart that's where He wanted me to go. So as the obedient girl I am (HA) I read Habakkuk 3 and the above verses were the ones I knew He wanted me to meditate on. Are you kidding me?? I am not a farmer, what on earth does this have to do with me?
Though things look dead, though nothing is as it should be. If you have no material things. If your husband does NOT come home. If all is taken from you. Sheryl, if those things happened, will you still praise me?? Will you still rejoice in who I am? Will you be joyful??
Wow, Lord, I am not sure. He tells me in these verses that He is my strength, He will enable me. I don't think He is preparing me for bad things to happen, I believe He is reinforcing what I've been trying to learn for 18 months...that HE IS ENOUGH!! Praise Him in spite of circumstances. He hasn't changed. He is the same God who sent His Son to die for me. His eyes have not left me for one second of my life. He is the only constant, the only "thing" on which I should hang my trust.
Life is very fragile. Just as I had suspected before posting my last entry, satan has attacked me. I found myself out in my garage yelling at him (satan, that is) telling him to leave me and my family alone. Neighbors think I'm crazy but what do I care. God is doing a mighty work in our lives and I am not going to let satan take back any ground.
God is the one in control. He is the only one who is Sovereign. I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior. It is a choice I must make. An action. My prayer for all of you this year is that you also will choose joy, choose God