Criteria for Victory

From Pastor’s Desk:
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.
Could this be akin to what Paul said in Php. 4:11? “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Or, Job 13:15 “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” Let’s try one more: Dan. 3:17 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”
Emotion is not enough to bring us through trials! Feel-good emotions are not criteria for overcoming. Trust in the Lord, however, is. It is that, and that only, in which we learn to be content no matter what comes. When your emotions let you down, let His word lift you up. As you stumble along in darkness of the situation may His word shed light abroad in your heart. Turmoil will cease and peace will prevail even in the darkest valley if you can get to the place where you can be content.
Then you can say “I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”


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