“17. Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakuk 3:17 to 19
This is one of my favourite Bible verses because there is so much hope even in deep anguish and anxiety.
How often do we praise God? He is worthy of our praise, not only in good times, but more so in the storms of our life. As that old Sunday School song goes, Praise Him in the morning, Praise Him in the noon time, Praise Him, even when the sun goes down. After all Jesus is not a wishing bell or a jeannie whom we call out only in times of need. He is our Father, our King and master, and we ought to praise Him and worship Him in spirit and in truth.
I used to treat Jesus as a jeannie in the bottle, call Him only when I needed something, but as my relationship with my Heavenly Father, and my best friend – Jesus Christ grew, I call Him all the time. I have learnt to praise the Lord even in the storm and in the calm. Dear reader, Jesus is more real to me than my family whom I can see and He alone can be your perfect Father, Mother, Best Friend, your all. But like anyother relationship, this relationship also requires you to invest a lot of quality time for it to grow, flourish and for you to bear good fruits.
Dear Father, thou art truly wonderful, ever present in times of our need. You hear our silent cry and you see our hidden wounds, and you are and have always been there for us. Please heal our wounds and wipe away our tears and draw us closer to you. You alone are good and gracious and to you alone be all glory and honour, now and forever more. Amen!