“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength!” Habakkuk 3:17-19a
Habakkuk’s song to the Lord was a pouring out of all that was missed, all that was lost, all that was dry and barren. Yet each cry of loss began with this powerful declaration, ‘Even though…’
These simple words that strip the power of misery from overtaking a soul, breathed life into a desperate situation. Even Though the fig trees had no blossoms, Even Though there was no fruit on the vines, Even Though the olive crops were failing and the fields were empty and dry, Even Though the flocks were dying and the cattle unable to be found, Even Though all seemed hopeless and destitute, Habakkuk spoke these words,
“…Yet, I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign LORD is my strength!” (Habakkuk 3:18-19a)
I wonder this season what comes before your ‘…Yet’?
Who is missing? What is lost? Where is it dry and barren? Why is there emptiness and lack?
Cry out to the Lord, sing, shout–“Even though…I will rejoice! I will be joyful. I will be strong.” Because, you see, this is what this week, this month, this Advent season is all about. Advent means the arrival of Christ, not just into a manager but into our brokenness. And as He enters our brokenness, our losses, our sorrow, our pain, our grief….He gives us the power to have joy. Real joy. And strength. True strength. And Salvation. Daily and eternal salvation.
What a gift. What a beautiful, beautiful gift. #waterforyourweekxo,
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