For even if the fig tree doesn’t blossom,
and no fruit is on the vines,
even if the olive tree fails to produce,
and the fields yield no food at all,
even if the sheep vanish from the sheep
and there are no cows in the stalls;
18 still, I will rejoice in ADONAI,
I will take joy in the God of my
19 ELOHIM Adonai is my strength!
He makes me swift and sure-footed as
and enables me to stride over my high
Habakkuk 3:17-19 (CJB)
The situation is bleak, there is gloom and doom all around. Loss, failure, barrenness and defeat. It seems so hopeless and the natural tendency is to get offended at God, asking “Why me?” “How could You let this happen to me, after all I have done for you?”
What was Habakkuk’s response? He made a choice to rekindle his joy (rejoice) in the Lord, and to give a victory shout to the God of his salvation!
This proves that our reactions in life are not totally dependent on what we experience on the outside, but on how we choose to respond to it.
Choice is a function of the will not emotions. Your emotions can be all over the place, yet you can engage your will to bless the Lord at all times.
Lord, You are good and do only good. I know Your thoughts towards me are for good and not for evil, to give me a future and a hope. You are faithful to Your Word, You are reliable and trustworthy. Your track record speaks for itself.
I choose to bless You at all times, Your praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in You, the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.
No matter what does or does not happen, in my life, I choose to judge You faithful. I choose to praise You, even in the night.