Joyful in Spite of Circumstances


From Pastor’s Desk: 4-23-17

Habakkuk 3:17-18 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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Testimonies through the years have attested to the providential, as well as miraculous, care of our Heavenly Father for His children.

Some examples: When cupboards were completely bare, someone would knock on the door bearing bags full of groceries. The car is “running on fumes” and someone slips you enough money to get through the week. Kids are due to start school with no shoes or adequate clothing and along comes someone to either give money or personally take them shopping. The list goes on and on.

Few people are strangers to times of destitution, when there is “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil” (2 Kings 4:2), or “only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug” (1 Kings 17:12). Then, God sends, in these accounts, a man of God along to manifest a miracle.

I’m convinced, however, through experience as well as Scripture that it does not always necessitate a preacher to providentially provide. More often than not God works through “everyday” Christians, sensitive to the Holy Spirit, with love their motivating factor, to care for each other. In fact, isn’t that what the Early Church did – care for its own?

Substantiating that thought is “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you (James 1:27 NLT).

Cupboards bare? Tank on empty? Nothing left with which to prepare a meal? God has someone on the other end of your situation ready to provide. Trust Him!

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed (Ps 37:23-26 NKJV).

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