Today’s Passage – Habakkuk 1 – 3 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)
Read the “0928 Evening and Morning“ devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Good morning. This has become one of my favorite passages from the Word of God. So much has happened this year, mainly operations, and sickness, and health problems. Yet I will rejoice in the LORD: it is He who brought us safely through. He is my salvation and my strength.
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4)
It very easy when you are under the weather to take your eyes off the LORD. That’s what happened to Peter when he stepped out of the boat. Rather than rejoicing and praising God for allowing him to walk on water, Peter looked around him at the storm and the waves, and he started to sink. Jesus was right there to lift him up and put Peter back in the boat. So what is your attitude towards your faith? When trouble comes do you rejoice? Or do you hang your head and cry woe is me? If you look at some of my Facebook pictures from when I was at Deborah Heart and Lung, you can see how miserable I was, even in the captions. I never said I was perfect, and those of you who know me, know I AIN’T. But if we keep focused on the LORD, whatever trouble comes your way, yet you will rejoice.
1) Rejoice In God’s Salvation
Isn’t NOT going to Hell something to rejoice in the LORD about: His great salvation?
“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)
2) Rejoice Because Of All He Has Given You
“And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.” (Deuteronomy 12:7)
3) Rejoice When You Seek The LORD
Does God answer you prayers? Rejoice.
“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.” (1Chronicles 16:10)
4) Rejoice Because Our God Reigns
“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.” (1Chronicles 16:31)
5) Rejoice Because Of His Mercy
“I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities…” (Psalm 31:7)
6) Rejoice Because This Is A Day Which The LORD Has Made Just For You
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
7) Rejoice Because Jesus Is Coming Back For You
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7)
8) Rejoice Because It Is Commanded
“Rejoice evermore.” (1Theselonians 5:16)
If you’re saved, you’re not going to Hell. If you keep your focus on Jesus, knowing that He is in control, then there is nothing to worry about. No figs, no fruit, no flocks or herds, yet you will still rejoice in the LORD knowing that He is always there to lift you back into the boat.
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