When the Worst That Can Happen Does Happen

Sam Petitfils

“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

Habakkuk was just informed by God that his country would be severely judged by Him.  In fact, little that Habakkuk heard was positive.  But sometimes God provides eyes the world knows nothing about, spiritual eyes.

When the worst that could happen does indeed occur, what do you have left?  God’s children should ponder that, with new eyes.  For Habakkuk, he saw the silver lining.  But notice what he rejoices in - the Lord, and God of his salvation.

When you feel utterly defeated and sapped of strength, remember who the joy of your strength is (verse 19).  When we ponder God’s love, mercy and power, even in impossible times, He will fill every heart with hope, joy and power so that we arise from our despair with renewed hope.

How do you know you have the victory?  Not so much when things change, but when you do.  When your world seems to be coming apart at the seams, and yet your spirit soars, you know you have victory.  When others around you seem to shrink back in defeat but you stand tall, you have the victory.  When the troubles of this life cannot keep you from praying, but actually drive you to pray more, you know you have the victory.

The next time the very thing you dread occurs, take heart and rejoice in the Lord, just like the Prophet Habakkuk did.

Peace in the Valley

There will be peace in the valley for me, some day

There will be peace in the valley for me, O Lord, I pray

There will be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I see

There will be peace in the valley for me

There will be peace in the valley for me

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