Finding the LORD in the Midst of Trouble
Meditation by Pastor Norm
Finding the LORD in the midst of trouble
[Hab 3:17-19 NASB] 17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, 18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.
Life "East of Eden" is not easy. The older we get the complexity of life seems to grow. The young have no idea just how complex life will become. So often we do not treasure the good moments because we fail to see how precious they are when they occur.
The prophet here has gone through a process. He has asked God to judge Israel for their sins only to be told a more ungodly nation Babylon will come to execute this judgment. When he complains about how they are not qualified to punish Israel, he is told to not worry, that empire will also be judged. Ruin is going to come. All will be lost.
As Habakkuk envisions the trouble coming, he processes through his lament and sorrow. With tears still in his eyes about all he knows will come. He comes to a point where he will find joy in the God who brings salvation out of the ashes and will give him the strength to endure through all the strive and struggle that lies ahead.
This is a revelation of truth to his heart. It is not just a doctrine. It is an illumination of reality which has to occur in our spirits as we seek out God in hard times. It is not something that can be taught, it has to be experienced.
It can, however, be sought out in prayer, meditation, and seeking to be still before the Lord.
So are you facing hard times? Does everything seem overwhelming?
Ask the LORD to bring YOU to the place where HE is your joy and the hope of enduring strength and salvation. Keep seeking until you find. Amen