Habakkuk 3:17-19 - You Can Always Rejoice In The Lord.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT) 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, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be 
joyful in the God of my salvation! 19 The Sovereign 
LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as 
a deer, able to tread upon the heights.  


   When the storms of life hit, we are often 
tempted to run for cover. When they continue 
indefinitely, we struggle to find encouragement. When the 
rain and the wind gather strength until they turn 
into what seems to be a hurricane, we find 
ourselves saying, "I can't do this any longer," The 
truth is this: we can't, but God can.  
   He is the only One who can help us 
victoriously fight through the battles of life. Nothing 
can provide the type of strength that He 
provides, especially when we feel overwhelmed and 
discouraged. He stands beside us, and He never retreats. 
   Daniel never worried about being cast 
into the lion's den. He knew that the Lord would 
provide the help and protection he needed to make it 
through the night. Some of the people who read these 
words are fighting a battle with a 
life-threatening disease. It is an unseen enemy from a human 
standpoint but not from God's. He knows exactly what we 
are facing and how it is affecting our lives.  
   There is an incredible sense of peace 
that comes from learning how to rest in the Lord 
and allow Him to take care of your troubles. 
This does not mean that you abandon the fight and 
just give up trying. It means that you shift the 
focus of your effort from yourself to God. This is 
where the true victory is gained.  
   The apostle Paul faced many 
life-threatening situations. At one point, he debated whether 
it was better to ask God to allow him to go 
home to heaven where he would have unending peace 
and glory in the presence of Christ or to 
continue living the earthly life God had given him. 
Paul chose the latter. As much as he longed to 
see the Lord in heaven, he loved having the 
opportunity here to tell others about God's unending, 
unconditional love and forgiveness.  
   The suffering you face today is directly 
related to the joy you will experience in the 
future. [Alternative View with Dr. Tony Evans; 


   Its been said that worry is the 
advanced interest we pay on troubles that seldom 
come. We try to justify worry, of course: 
Its okay for me to worry because Im in a 
difficult situation. In many ways we all are - some 
more than others. But maybe we all just need to 
lighten up a little when we can. You might think, 
Easy for you to say. 
   I want you to consider the following 
words of the apostle Paul, who was writing under 
adverse circumstances. Paul was under house arrest. 
There was the possibility that he might be 
acquitted, or he might be beheaded. He didnt know 
what his future held. Yet he gave us some of the 
most inspiring words found in the pages of 
Scripture: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will 
say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all 
men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, 
but in everything by prayer and supplication, 
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made 
known to God (Philippians 4:4"6 NKJV). 
   I love these verses. Paul wasnt 
sitting in some ivory tower, spinning up practical 
theories. He was not lounging on some beach in the 
Mediterranean, eating a falafel and having an iced tea. 
This was a man who was incarcerated, yet he was 
able to say, Rejoice in the Lord always. Again 
I will say, rejoice! 
   By the way, that is a command from God 
himself. To put it another way, to not rejoice is 
disobedience to God. Anyone can rejoice when things are 
going reasonably well. But when were facing 
adversity or sickness or hardship or death and then we 
rejoice, we are obeying God. 
   God is on His throne. He loves you and is 
watching out for you. So rejoice in the Lord. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


   The prophet Habakkuk undoubtedly enjoyed 
many days of walking with God in sunlight, peace, 
and plenty. But then the day came when 
everything went wrong. There were no flowers on the fig 
frees, no grapes on the vines, no olives on the 
trees, no grains from the fields, no sheep in the 
pen, and no cattle in the stalls. 
   If you were a farmer surveying such 
devastation, you might have a difficult time rejoicing in 
the Lord. But not Habakkuk. He knew the very 
time to trust God in triple measure was on a day 
when everything bad happened at once and all his 
dreams came unraveled. He not only trusted God in 
the midst of crazy and bizarre disappointments, 
but he also determined to put a smile on his 
face. As a result, a very bad day on the Habakkuk 
ranch ended very well - with joy, trust, and 
thoughts of God's enduring strength. 
   Dear Father, I look forward to meeting 
Habakkuk in heaven. I'm so thankful for his faith and 
positive, upbeat frame of mind in the face of 
devastating events in his life. With this good man who 
loved you, I will also say, "Yet I will rejoice in 
the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior." [A 
Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry 

   Joan Liggins married John without a hint 
of love in her heart. She was pregnant and 
assumed it was the right thing to do. After she 
delivered her child, frustrations mounted. Joan found 
release at work hanging out with a male co-worker 
from another department. Occasional work lunches 
led to a secret rendezvous in a hotel. She was 
back to her old ways. "I want a divorce," she 
told John, and her husband yielded. 
   Joan hit rock-bottom in 1968. When her 
cousin invited her to church, she decided to go. 
Sitting on the red-cushioned pew, she opened her 
heart to Jesus. Under the conviction of the Holy 
Spirit, she knew what she must do. Joan must 
re-marry her ex-husband, a man she did not love. And 
I must marry John because of my love for God. 
That was over 40 years ago. Forty long years of 
praying for the salvation of her husband whom now 
she loves very much. All of us pray alongside 
Joan who has now worked for Joni and Friends 30 
years. Her prayers remind me of the following poem 
by Amy Carmichael: 
      Not in vain, the tedious toil, On an 
unresponsive soil,  
      Travail, tears in secret shed, Over 
hopes that lay as dead.  
      All in vain, thy faint heart cries. 
Not in vain, thy Lord replies:  
      Nothing is to good to be; Then 
believe, believe to see.  
   Do not give up on praying for your loved 
ones... no prayer is ever offered in vain! 
   Lord Jesus, I lift up before you today 
_______________ who does not know you as personal Savior and 
Lord. Rescue this dear one out of the kingdom of 
darkness, give this person a spirit of repentance and 
a home in heaven. [Joni Eareckson Tada Daily 


   The joy I give you transcends your 
circumstances. This means that no matter what is happening 
in your life, it is possible to be joyful in 
Me. The prophet Habakkuk listed a series of dire 
circumstances that he was anticipating, then he 
proclaimed: "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be 
joyful in God my Savior.' This is transcendent Joy! 
   I am training you to view your life from 
a heavenly perspective - through eyes of 
faith. When things don't go as you had hoped, talk 
with Me. Seek My Face and My guidance. I will 
help you discern whether you need to work to 
change the situation or simply accept it. Either 
way, you can teach yourself to say: I can 
still rejoice in You, Jesus." This short statement 
of faith - expressing your confidence in Me - 
will change your perspective dramatically. As you 
practice doing this more and more, your Joy will 
increase. This training also prepares you to handle 
the difficulties awaiting you on your pathway 
toward heaven. Rejoice in Me always. (Hab. 3:17, 
18; Psa. 105:4; Phi. 4:4) [Jesus Always by Sarah 

   I give you Joy in your journey through 
the world. This sparkling gift is not a luxury; 
it's a necessity! There are bumps in the road 
ahead, as well as sharp curves, ascents, and 
descents. Without Joy in your heart, you will become 
weary and discouraged. 
   Joy is not dependent on the circumstances 
in your life. It can transcend them all! This 
is why impoverished people are often more 
joyful than those who have material wealth. Sick - 
and even dying - people can also be joyful when 
they're trusting in Me as Savior, Lord, and Friend. 
   Seek to spread Joy in the world around 
you. Let My Light reflect from your demeanor - 
through your smiles, your laughter, your words. The 
Holy Spirit will equip you to do this as you give 
Him space in your life. Ask Him to fill you with 
contagious delight. Concentrate on staying close to Me, 
and I will lead you along the path of Life. In 
My Presence there is fullness of Joy. (Heb. 
12:3; Hab. 3:17, 18; Psa. 16:11) [Jesus Always by 
Sarah Young] 

   No matter what is happening in your life, 
you can be joyful in Me because I am your 
Savior. When Habakkuk wrote about this, he was 
awaiting the invasion of his country by the 
Babylonians - a ruthless, feared, and dreaded people. 
Even as he pondered this terrifying prophecy, he 
was able to rejoice in his relationship with Me. 
This sort of Joy is supernatural - powered by the 
Holy Spirit, who lives in all My followers. 
   Joy and thankfulness are closely 
connected. Give thanks to Me for My unfailing Love; 
tell of My wonderful works with songs of Joy. My 
Love for you will never fail because I have 
already paid the full penalty for your sins. It 
doesn't depend on you! The more you thank Me - for 
your salvation, My Love, and other blessings - 
the more you will realize how blessed you really 
are. And a grateful attitude increases your Joy. 
You can nourish this gladness by thanking Me in 
your silent prayers, in your written, spoken, or 
whispered words, and through music. Come before Me 
with joyful songs! (Hab. 3:18; 1:6, 7; Psa. 
107:21, 22; 100:2) [Jesus Always by Sarah Young] 


Habakkuk 3:17-19 - How To Rejoice In The 
Lord Always. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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