Friday, August 6, 2010

Daily devotional: Rejoice in God, regardless of circumstances

Scripture
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, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.
Habakkuk 3:17-19a NIV

Observation
I can choose to rejoice in the Lord, to be joyful in God my Savior, and depend on the Sovereign Lord for my strength, regardless of the circumstances by which I am surrounded. The Lord God gives me internal peace that passes all understanding. I can trust in Him!

Application
Don't give in to being swayed by my external circumstances, by trials or hardships. Instead, put my full trust in the Lord. Rejoice in Him, be joyful in Him, and rely on Him for my strength!

Prayer
Lord, thank you that You are my strength and my shield, my fortress in times of trouble. Thank you for caring for me and giving me words of encouragement when I need them, and even preparing me for situations in advance through things You teach me from Your Word. I love you!

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