by Pastor Ken
For though the fig tree doesn’t flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the LORD. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The LORD, the Lord, is my strength. He makes my feet like deer’s feet, and enables me to go in high places.
Today’s verses could easily be summed up with three short sentences. But oh, what power these sentences hold! These verses are what every Christian should strive for because they are a testimony to the kind of faith God desires and expects His children to have. Let’s look at what these three pivotal statements and how they can change your life for the better.
17: I’ve lost everything!
18: Yet I will rejoice!
19: For God Led Me Here!
No matter what your situation, God can and will make good from it if you have the faith to follow Him in the direction you need to go to see and experience the good. This faith is why you can rejoice. You’re not rejoicing because of the pain and sorrow, but because you can be confident that your God reigns and will bring you through it. You may not be able to see or even imagine how, but faith allows God to be your joy in the midst of sorrow.
In the book of Genesis we read about Joseph being sold into slavery…by his own brothers Joseph didn’t know how God would turn that situation around but he knew God could and would. And He did. So, whatever your ‘high places’ might be, know that God is there with you and will enable you to endure. He will even enable you to rejoice if you trust Him to do so. So, delight in Him. Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with your entire mind, and with all your strength.
Prayer: Lord, give me faith to rejoice today by looking ahead with God’s eyes! Amen.