David Jeremiah Daily Devotional February 14 2022 :
FEBRUARY 14, 2022
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will [find] joy in the God of my salvation.
Recommended Reading: Habakkuk 3:1-19
Every Christian could paraphrase Habakkuk’s words. We have all been in situations where God seems to be absent from our need. The question is, What do we do then? Do we give up on God, or do we praise Him “even though”?
Habakkuk gives his answer: In chapters 1 and 2, he dialogues with God about Judah’s dire situation. But then, in chapter 3, he pens a beautiful prayer—a prayer like a psalm—in which he praises God even though he cannot see the answers to his prayers. And that is the lesson for us. Even when things are not going “right,” even when our faith is stretched thin, we should “rejoice in the Lord.”
If you are in a time of need, continue to rejoice in the Lord and praise Him. He will enable you to ascend to “high hills” (Habakkuk 3:19).
We should always be wearing the garment of praise, not just waving a palm branch now and then.