Volume 34 Number 13

We Can Rejoice, Even In Times Of Trouble

By Art Wallis

There have been tough times in recent months for many members of the Lord’s church here. There have been sickness, death, loss of jobs, loss of homes, bad times with cars, loss of relationships, etc.. Things haven’t gone well for many these past several months.

And what about the skyrocketing prices for food, gasoline, and utilities? We are now involved in several wars or conflicts around the world. We continually are bombarded with bad news at home and worse news abroad. The economy overall is bad. There just doesn’t seem to be much good news.

So how is it that the Apostle Paul can say in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!”?

How can we rejoice when things are so bad for so many people?

I found an answer to that in a rather unlikely place….the book of Habakkuk. God was going to use the very wicked Babylonians to punish the wicked people of Judah, who had turned away from God. Habakkuk knew God’s punishment at the hand of the Babylonians was near. When Habakkuk questioned God about this, God asks Habakkuk to remember that the just must live by faith and trust that God would do what was right.

Things had become pretty grim in Judah, but see how even in bad times Habakkuk could rejoice!

“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!” – Hab. 3:17 & 18 NIV

In times of trouble, even when everything else is going wrong, we can rejoice, because Jesus is our Savior and He will always do what is right!

End of this issue.