Scripture Reading: Psalm 13
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flocks shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17,18
The eye of the Christian should be focused on the Lord, not things! He should live above the shadows of fear and bask in the sunlight of faith! With the prophet Habakkuk he, too, may have a long column of adverse circumstances listed under the caption "Although"; but with true spiritual discernment he should "X" them all out with the "Yet" of faith!
I shall never forget the story of the Christian lady who was very downcast because of her earthly troubles. As she walked along the street she met a Spirit-led man of God who asked her of the state of her soul. With a sour look and a bitter shrug of her shoulders she replied, "Oh, not too bad, under the circumstances!" With his characteristic frankness and discernment he aptly replied, "Well, get above the circumstances, sister, that's where Jesus is!"
The prophet was of the same mind. He refused to let circumstances quell his faith or crush his certain hope. He calculates the prospects of the future not with the doleful "Althoughs" of earthly reverses, but with the "Yet" of faith and the tape measure of God's favor! When the fig tree does not bloom and the fields yield no meat, then the very sun of adversity that turns our garden into a desert will also melt the snows of God's higher supply so that once again "the river of God is full of water"! Faith's answer to human disappointment must always be: "Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation!" (H.G.B.)
Although my trees are fruitless,
No grapes are on the vine,
Yet Christ is all my fullness,
And all His sweetness mine.
"One day we shall bless God not more for what He has granted than for what He has denied!" — H.E. Manning