“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 flock 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. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places...” (Habakkuk 3:17-19).
I’m often amazed at how some Christians easily give up and succumb to life’s challenges. You’ve got to understand that if you’re a child of God, you aren’t a victim! In the scripture above the prophet described a dire situation, yet chose to rejoice in the Lord all the same: “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places....” In other words, although there was a problem, the prophet wasn’t moved by what he could see, feel or perceive.
This should be your attitude as well. The story isn’t complete until you’ve won! Things may not be going the way you expect at the moment, but don’t despair. Reiterate your trust in God by giving Him praise for doing all things well. Tell yourself, “I’m not giving up” and begin to rejoice in the Lord God of your salvation.
Remember Paul and Silas? Things couldn’t have looked more hopeless for them as they huddled in chains in the dark dungeon of that maximum-security Roman prison. But instead of cringing in fear and hopelessness, they decided to praise God, and you know the rest of the story (Acts 16:23-36).
It’s time for you to praise God like you’ve never done before. You may not feel like it, but praise Him anyhow, because that’s where the victory lies! It’s not over yet. Put your trust in God. Worship Him in spirit and in truth and He’ll inhabit your praise and bring His power to bear on your situation.
Dear Father, thank you for giving me hope in Christ Jesus. Thank you for the quiet confidence I have that things will always turn out for my good, no matter the challenging situation I may face. I declare that I’m a victor in Christ Jesus and will never be disadvantaged, for the Lord is my God, and the strength of my life! Thank you for giving me the mindset of a champion and a victor, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Psalm 34: 3-4
2 Chronicles 20:21-22
(Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer's LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria. www.ChristEmbassy.org )