Mondays can be tough. The weekend is over. A new work week is beginning. There’s no better way to start the week than by filling up with God’s Word. So each Monday morning join me here to take a brief, but reflective look into a passage of Scripture.

Read Habakkuk 3:17-19 from the New Living Translation below:

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!
     The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.

God called Habakkuk as a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah in the years leading u to its fall to the Babylonian empire.  Times were tough.

Take note of all the reasons Habakkuk lists that would cause many people to lose faith in God. Think of several contemporary situations that would compare.


Would you find it hard to praise God in these situations?


If Habakkuk were a prophet today, I image he would say:

If there is no money in the bank, if there is no food in the pantry, if there is no job to go to, I can still find joy in God. He will give me the strength to keep going.

What about you? Can you praise God even when times are hard?Do you turn to Him for joy and strength?



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