When Things Look Hopeless
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines though the olive crops fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheeps in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
It's been a while since I have posted something on my daily devotional, it doesn't seem like daily now. I'm sorry! I have been too preoccupied lately, I can't gather my thoughts as much as I wanted to. I do not want either to create a post without any good or helpful content just for the sake of blogging.
For today's daily devotional, I wanted to tackle something about FAITH again. It is very dear to me as everyday, we might feel exhausted and hopeless. What is it by the way? Dictionary would say that,
It is a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
It is intangible, we don't know where it came from, how we ever got it, and how do we get faith? I simply do not know the answers, either. These are questions, I have been asking myself over and over again too. Faith come and go, sometimes when things fall apart, we feel hopeless and helpless. Other people have committed suicide, having felt this way. At times, I asked myself why others have faith and some do not, for them to finish their life. This only goes to show, there is no One for them to turn on to. Unlike us, we have God and our faith in Him pushed us to pursue, still.
I personally liked this verse by Habakkuk, which he wrote when his life was completely falling apart. It is like literally, asked by God to let go from the top of the mountain and free yourself with the hope that He is there to catch you. Habakkuk had nothing, things looked distress. And yet, Habakkuk rejoiced and praised the Lord in spite of everything. Habakkuk knows that God is bigger than his problems. And he knows God has a way to get him out of that situation.
How many of us can follow Habakkuk's footsteps? Personally, I certainly cannot say I could all the way. But I am trying. Because when I looked back, God has not abandoned me at all throughout all the difficult times in my life. There are always little miracles that happen, secret angels that come along. I may not see Him, but I know in my heart He is there every single moment of my life.
Now, I am learning to practice to thank God in every circumstances - good or bad. A mantra I tell myself daily - "Thank you Lord that what was meant for my harm, You are using to my advantage". This is indirectly asking Him to turn things around for my good.
Inasmuch, as we hate to be in a distress situation, many times something good has come out of those. I tried to tell myself this is just a journey never the destination. God has good plans for everyone, and so we can only let go and let God..