The beginning of this verse is basically a list of all the “non fruits.” It’s emptiness, despair and sorrow… a fig tree that is not blooming, vines with no fruit, failed crops, empty fields, dead livestock, lifeless barnyards. Everything is painfully barren & unable to produce life. Habakkuk says, “Even though…I will still be joyful in the Lord.”
Question for you:
In the middle of the dry, barren, emptiness of this world, do you have joy?
When tough times come, Habakkuk
rejoiced in the Lord. Even if things weren’t making sense, Habakkuk trusted God no matter what.
That should be our plan as well. When times are hard, let’s plan on rejoicing. When we are walking into the unknown, let’s be reminded of God’s faithfulness.
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!”
Habakkuk 3:17-18 NLT
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