Yet I will rejoice
"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,though the olive crop failsand the fields produce no food,though there are no sheep in the penand no cattle in the stalls,18yet I will rejoice in the Lord,I will be joyful in God my Savior.19The Sovereign Lord is my strength;he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,he enables me to tread on the heights."
Yet I will rejoice.
Often times we go through challenges, troubling situations, and ultimately feel discouraged. However, the prophet Habakkuk was living in a time that would seem extremely discouraging: no one in Israel believed; none of the Jews pursued God; Habakkuk was hated for what he believed. He lived in life-threatening circumstances because of his faithfulness and commitment to God. Needless to say, his work didn't produce the fruit he might have hoped for.
Most significantly, Habakkuk was truly faithful to God--regardless of the circumstances. No matter what he was facing, Habakkuk chose to continue to rejoice in God and be joyful in him. It was his choice. And it was good. Truly we ought to be joyful as well, not to mention what we are facing pales in comparison to those of Habakkuk. Regardless of our circumstances...regardless of the weather...we can be joyful in the Lord and rejoice in God our savior.
Discouragement is still a manifestation of doubt. Needing there to be sheep in the pen, circumstances to show signs of progress, and the tree to be fruitful, in order to be joyful in the Lord and rejoice in Him is unbelief. God is God regardless of what we see and how we feel. His character has not changed, and therefore neither should our trust, hope, love, and faith in Him - our relationship - change. Through it, we have joy, and "With joy we draw waters from the wells of salvation." (Isaiah 12:3)
At times believers may focus on the tribulations and give problems more attention than God - the solution, counselor, true love, and ever-present help. However, focusing on God and putting Him in the center of our hearts brings everything else into alignment.
The message convicts us. As God's people, we have the privilege of being joyful in the Lord. We know we can rejoice in Him always, and be joyful forever more.