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There is a very familiar passage in the book of Habakkuk. 

We like to quote this passage, but I wonder how many of us truly do what these verses speak of.

In Habakkuk 3:17-18 we read: "
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, yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation."

Would you rejoice in the Lord when your crops were dying on the land?

Would you exult in the Lord when you saw all your hard work go up in flames, so to speak, not producing a thing you had hoped for?

(By the way, exult simply means to be extremely joyful.)

I'm sure most of us would have to answer, 'No, I would not rejoice in the Lord." 

But that is exactly where we will be making our biggest mistake. 

You see, in these difficult circumstances the prophet Habakkuk kept his eyes on the Lord by rejoicing in Him. 

He reminded himself of who God is and of all the wonderful things He had done in the past.

In verse 19 of Habakkuk 3 we read: "
The Lord GOD is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds' feet, and makes me walk on my high places."

Habakkuk knew his salvation was to be found in the Lord.

He knew his strength was to be found in the Lord.

So now I want to ask you a question. When you are faced with a difficult time, do you praise God or do you focus on the problem?

Habakkuk praised God and found extreme joy in Him.

He firmly kept his eyes on the God of his salvation, the only One who was able to get him out of the mess he found himself in.

Let us learn a lesson from him.

Next time you find yourself in difficult circumstances, do what Habakkuk did.

Rejoice in the Lord.

Keep you eyes on Him rather than on the problem.

Rehearse His goodness and faithfulness to yourself instead of rehearsing the problem.

Look to Him for strength and salvation.

He will lift you up and make you walk on high places!