Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have so many things to be thankful for... family, friends, food, church, home, new beginnings, better health, fall weather... the list could go on and on!

There are some amazing verses that have rattled me a little bit and shown me a truly amazing way of giving thanks. I'd like to share them with you:

"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.
The sovereign Lord is my strength,
And He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to tread on the heights."
Habakkuk 3:17-19

I know that pretty much everyone who reads this blog has gone through/is going through very hard things. Maybe physical difficulties. Maybe spiritual. Maybe heartbreak in your family. Maybe financial troubles. Sometimes everything around you is falling apart. How do we face these difficulties? Habakkuk writes about unimaginably hard times - it's not just a bad hair day. It’s crops failing and food not growing. It’s having no livestock. He is sitting there, staring starvation in the face.

His reaction, though, in the midst of an absolutely dire circumstance, is to rejoice – to rejoice in the Lord. He calls Him his Savior. He calls Him sovereign - all powerful. He calls Him his strength.

Habakkuk was counting on the fig trees to bloom, for the olives to grow, for the fields to bring forth grain, for the flocks and cattle to still be around. We count on those things, too. We count on our savings, on a regular paycheck, on a pantry full of food. These are the things that we’ve worked hard to produce to provide for ourselves and our family. We're thankful for these things, especially on Thanksgiving.

So what Habakkuk is saying is truly remarkable. He's saying that even if those things all disappear – YET he will rejoice in the Lord, because He is his Savior, sovereign, and strength.
Life is a great gift. The things we enjoy in this life are amazing, incredible gifts. But the point isn't the gift itself. The point, Habakkuk says, is the Giver, God. James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from above. In the midst of tough circumstances, we trust that He will save us from calamity. He is sovereign – all-powerful and in control of these circumstances. And He is our strength – to give us strength to face situations as scary as certain starvation. He will enable us to do what seems impossible… like rejoice even in the midst of hopeless times.
So today, on Thanksgiving... I don’t know where you are or what you are facing. But we do have many blessings to be thankful for.

But even if those blessings were gone, YET I must choose, like Habakkuk, to rejoice in God my Savior.

Happy Thanksgiving... enjoy the gifts... thank the Giver.

Hannah ;)

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