If the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, if the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, if there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, how can I rejoice in the LORD? How can I be joyful in God my Savior? (Habakkuk 3:17–18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – When reading the first part of chapter one of Habakkuk, this is the conclusion one might expect. And in all honesty, this is how many approach Christianity. God does not respond to “if, then.” He responds to “though, I will.”
But in between the beginning and the ending of the book, Habakkuk had an encounter with God. Something that caused him to “stand in awe of [God’s] deeds.” Something that led him to conclude, “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 1984).
My Advice – What kind of seeker or follower are you? An “if” or a “though? “If you want God to respond, you know what you have to do. And your “though” will see you “through.”