“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” – Habakkuk 3:17-18
I was reading from the book “The Holiness of God” by RC Sproul last night and I ran across the above verse. I had read the verse before (however, not often. Habakkuk is not on my monthly read list.) but this time it took on a new flavor due to my trip to India.
When reading, I couldn’t help but remember the joy on the faces of the believers in Kerala, India. They had so little when it came to treasures on earth, but they had so much when it came to treasures in Heaven, and they new it. And not only did the know it, but they showed it.
While on the trip, I was reading “God is the Gospel” by John Piper. Piper’s book was attempting to show that God should be our greatest treasure, not God’s blessings (over simplified, but you get the idea). I didn’t realize it at the time, but this is exactly what I saw in the faces of the believers in India. They were not rejoicing because they were blessed with comforts of this world, they were rejoicing because they were adopted into God’s family and they had the presence of God within them and a promise that they would some day be in God’s presence forever.
This is a lesson all of us could learn. Too often we complain because the fig tree has no blossom (long winter), nor fruit be on the vines (bank account low), the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food (lost our job), the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls (car broke down)…this almost sounds like a country song. We, too often, fail to remember that God has given us the greatest treasure of all…Himself. Compared to the unsearchable riches of being with God, our struggles are insignificant. I pray that our life would reflect that. We need to stop complaining and start rejoicing.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” – Psalm 16:11