If Ever I Should Lose Everything …

Posted on March 6, 2019

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By David Ettinger

If there should ever come a day when I lose everything I have, I pray I will be able to exult in these words:

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).

Of course, such an attitude doesn’t come overnight. In the case of Habakkuk the prophet, he had seen the sin infesting his beloved Jerusalem and cried out to God over it. God informed him that He was bringing the Babylonians to destroy the city.

Habakkuk was overwrought and questioned God on this plan of His. The Lord assured Habakkuk that though it was necessary to discipline Israel, He would one day restore the nation and that all of His plans for Israel would stand.

It was following this very personal and soul-stirring interaction with God that the beleaguered prophet saw his Lord in a new and dynamic way. Though the destruction of Jerusalem was inevitable, Habakkuk was renewed by the Spirit of God, resulting in him penning the amazing passage above.

May the Lord bless you and me with the same impassioned stirring of soul that no matter how dire our circumstances, our love for the Lord will cause us to rejoice and be joyful in the midst of it!

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