Habakkuk 3:17-18 Daily Devotional
“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.”
– Habakkuk 3:17-18 NIV
Habakkuk was an Old Testament prophet, so you know he’s going to be poetic in how he writes. This is a long-winded way of saying that even when everything around him is falling apart or failing, he will find his joy in the Lord. No matter what happens, he will rejoice. He will rejoice in the hard times as well as the good times.
This is a great example for us today. We have no shortage of hardships or failures, but through Habakkuk’s examples we can know that our joy is found in the Lord. So to apply this verse, we have to be aware of what we do when the we’re in a hard season. Do we complain? Or do we take time to give thanks to God for all he’s done for us. Spending time in prayer helps us stay alert and thankful. Also, you can start a daily “gratitude journal” where you write two or three things you’re grateful for on a daily basis. It doesn’t have to be anything very long or formal. I use bullet points in a paper journal, but you could easily use your notes app on your phone. Whatever you end up doing, it will help orient your mind to thankfulness rather than complaining.
Father, I thank you that even when everything is falling apart, you are still there. Help me to be grateful in every season and to see you moving in the hardships I go through. I want this joy that Habakkuk is writing about, so I ask that you would help me orient my mind in that way. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.