I WILL REJOICE

 

yet I will rejoice in the Lord;

I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Habakkuk 3:18

 

Early on in my faith, I imagined that Jesus was going to make my life perfect.

The impression that I had of my savior was that if I prayed, all the bad things in my life would go away. Eventually I discovered that following Jesus didnít work like that. I had to reassess my faith in light of this new revelation.

I canít help but wonder if Habakkuk had to re-exam his own faith when he realized what was about to happen to his people by Godís hand.

The people of Israel were once again caught in a state of rebellion and through Habakkuk, God told the people of Israel that they were going in to exile under the cruel Babylonians. Habakkuk took issue with that and had a couple of tough conversations with God about His plans for the future of His people.

And yet, despite his misgivings about Godís purposes, he was willing to say, ďÖyet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!Ē

I had to learn that lesson early on in my faith journey, just as Habakkuk learned to trust the Lord implicitly no matter the circumstances. In fact, Iím still learning after 20 years of faith.

Do you trust God as Habakkuk did? I know I could use some work in this are. How about you?