Elder William Dixon
Friday, August 14
Final Thoughts: Habakkuk
Though the fig tree does not blossom,
and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails,
and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold,
and there is no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will exult in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
and makes me tread upon the heights.
Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19
Although the poetry is beautiful and the ideas are profound, the picture is stark. The vines have not produced fruit, and trees that have not blossomed may not produce fruit either. The herds are gone. The fields are barren. This is the prelude to starvation and death.
As difficult as our current crisis is, we, in the U.S., are not in a similar situation and are unlikely to find ourselves there. Millions in the world are not so fortunate.
If Habakkuk can rejoice in God, recognize that God is still his salvation and source of strength, and exult in those things while facing the crisis he describes, surely we can do the same in ours. There is nothing natural about rejoicing in God in the face of a crisis. Such a response comes from having responded that way in less severe crises such as the one confronting us now.
Living as Christians means responding with love and trust in God, as Christ would, to whatever we encounter along the way. As we spend time getting to know God, as we commit ourselves to loving God, and practice trusting God and loving others in every situation, we become more likely to find reasons to rejoice in God, as Habakkuk did. May we learn to rejoice in Him regardless of our circumstances.