Joyful in calamity

Musings from Habakkuk (Hab. 3:17-18)

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“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation”! Habakkuk 3:17-18

In the face of agricultural calamity: drought, crop failure, and livestock decimated by lack of subsistence, the prophet Habakkuk tells us that he will rejoice in the LORD, and be joyful in the God of his salvation. Truth be told, this is something hard to do.

While it’s true that God’s people are “blessed” and what could possibly be wrong with that – but is economic prosperity an inheritance from the LORD?

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