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Habakkuk 3:17-18. Though the fig tree does not blossom…yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exalt in the God of my salvation.
Is our faith in God determined by our condition? Certainly there are moments of utter sorrow that shove us to our knees. Other times we are filled with exuberance because something works out well.
The writer of Habakkuk will not allow his current condition to dictate his faith. In fact, his faith will dictate his response to his current condition. He will rejoice. He will praise God. He will not be dissuaded, even though his crops fail and there is no herd.
His situation is bleak, and he acknowledges it. He is not in denial. He knows that God is the God of his salvation. He trusts in God, even if right now the situation is bad.
We may have crops failing in our own lives: the end of relationships, financial failures, or disappointments in family or friends. Right now might be a time of great difficulty, but God is with us, and that condition will never change. In this we can exalt.