Wednesday, March 20, 2019

“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 ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We are told in James 1:1 to “count it all joy” when we are in the midst of trials, knowing God is growing us in perseverance of faith. This is all good until the rubber meets the road and the trials are our own, not someone else’s. What if the trials are actually part of a path of continual suffering? How do we keep finding joy? In her book “The Scars That Have Shaped Me,” author Vaneetha Risner renders sage wisdom:

“Replacing ‘what if’ with ‘even if’ in our mental vocabulary is one of the most liberating exchanges we can ever make. We trade our irrational fears of an uncertain future for the loving assurance of an unchanging God. We see that even if the very worst happens, God will carry us. He will still be good. And he will never leave us.”🚦

#EvenIf #RejoiceAnyway #JoyInTheJourney #JoyInSuffering #Rejoice #Joy #Devotionals #StopLightDevotionals

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