“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 tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:17-19
Have you ever had a particularly bad day, where it seems you hit all the red lights on the road, run into difficulties at work, appliances cease to work properly and things just seem to fall apart? Some might call this having an unlucky day. God’s children, however, should not believe in luck and evil omens, especially since they live under God’s protective power.
Review these verses that speak of God’s control and might:
“Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him” (Psalm 115:3).
“In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that He channels toward all who please Him” (Proverbs 21:1).
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
No, we should not worry about “unlucky” days; but we should know how to handle “bad” days, which we all go through.
Habakkuk predicted the judgment of God on His own people as well as other nations, and had every reason to grow sad. The news looked very bleak indeed. But the prophet clung to the One he knew could give him light and understanding: God.
In these verses he imagines every conceivable thing that could go wrong, such as the local economy crumbling with all the crops failing. But his response tells a bigger story. Even in our worst times we have reason to rejoice greatly: we have not lost our relationship with God.
So the next time you have a particularly bad day, please remember that God is in control and will not let anything happen to you that has not first passed through His wise counsel. He will give you grace to bear it and wisdom to steer through it.
And forget about all those sayings and expressions that have no basis in truth. You’re not having an unlucky day; you’re having a trying one. The “cards” aren’t stacked against you; God is leading you through some turbulent times, but He will see you through. You are not “cursed; you are blessed, but God is taking you through a valley of growth, learning, and blessing.
Posted on Fri, July 6, 2012
by Sam Petitfils