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No one plans for accidents, that’s why they are referred to as ‘accidents’ they come unexpectedly and they are unfortunate. If I knew trouble is coming my way today, I would try my best to pray it away, or be extra cautious about today’s activities. However, life does not work like that, we all live by faith, trusting God for a good day with no drama. But what if, you knew that misfortune is coming your way, and God has confirmed it, and there is nothing else you can do about it. What if you are in the valley of the shadow of death, even though you desired not to walk that path? These are the times when many turn away from God, many throw away their confidence, many turn into complainers and many lose their faith; but not all.
The prophet Habakkuk teaches us a great lesson by three words that are part of his prayer. In the book of Habakkuk, we see this prophet crying out for God’s intervention, he had warned the people of Judah, he had done all he could. When God said that he would use the Babylonian army to bring destruction to Judah, Habakkuk questioned His wisdom, how was God using a more wicked nation to destroy Judah? The book of Habakkuk starts with an interesting conversation between Habakkuk and God. Things were not making sense to him. He was having trouble with the situation and how things were going to turn out. But he did not throw away his confidence in God; in fact, he started recounting the faithfulness and the goodness of God. He declares that no matter what and how, He will praise the Lord.
‘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.’ (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
He resolves to be joyful in the Lord, no matter what comes his way. He understands that rejoicing in what God has done in the past, and on who He is, is the only way that a troubled heart finds strength. This confidence can only be found in knowing who God is, and that He is does not change by circumstances and calamities. It is very hard to praise through the storms and remain firm through misfortune, but it is possible.
My prayer for us today is that we shall be found saying ‘Yet I will rejoice’ yet I will praise, yet I will stand’ even when there is no harvest, even when things don’t go our way, even when we cannot see the results, even when we face disappointments, even when accidents happen, no matter what, we shall stand and say ‘YET I WILL REJOICE’ because the Lord is our strength, He makes our feet like those of a deer, and he makes us tread on heights.