Thursday, February 22, 2007
Joy in Salvation
Habakkuk 3:17, 18 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk is anticipating a day of calamity. He describes his fear with words like “my heart pounded”, “my lips quivered”, and “my legs trembled”, and at the same time he waits patiently for the invader which will strip his farm. When this happens he will “rejoice in the Lord” and be joyful in God his Savior. He is saying that the physical environment will have no effect on his joy in his salvation.