Friday, September 26, 2014

It's not about circumstances

First, in circumstances of distress that inhibit joy, we can issue declarations of faith. We remind ourselves of what we know to be true—by faith. Faith rests in the reality of God and the certainty of His working. Faith trusts, submits, and expects. It is infused with strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, much as Peter instructed us. When circumstances suggest God is not there or that He does not care, we insist, “I will not base my faith on sight but on His revelation."

Second, circumstances are not the source of our joy. The picture Habakkuk paints is compelling. Though our lives be stripped bare, though our best efforts frustrated, though no relief is in sight, the fountain of my joy cannot be capped. God is my joy. He is my constant. I will rejoice in the Lord—always.

Third, my comfort and strength are not in circumstances, but in the Lord my God. He is my strength and stability. My foot is steady in all terrain of life because He is with me and He is for me. As Nehemiah puts it, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength[…]— Vine Ripened Life

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