I will joy in God

 “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” John 6:37

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-19

God’s love for us is a “vast ocean of Love that cannot be measured or explained, but it can be experienced.” -Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be on the vines: the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Habakkuk 3:17

These words are worthy of being written as with a diamond on a rock forever. Oh, that by divine grace they might be deeply engraven on each of our hearts! Concise as the form of speaking in the text is, it evidently implies or expresses the following particulars: That in the day of his distress he would fly to God; that he would maintain a holy composure of spirit under this dark dispensation; nay, that in the midst of all he would indulge in a sacred joy in God, and a cheerful expectation from Him. Heroic, confidence! Illustrious faith! Unconquerable love! -Doddridge, Streams in the Desert

Habakkuk’s name means to embrace or to wrestle, and wrestle he did when, as a prophet, he openly questioned the wisdom of God. Habakkuk wrestled with the concept that if God was good, why would He allow evil and evil people to succeed? The book of Habakkuk is only two pages long but it answers so many questions and provides so many assurances! When I read Habakkuk I see that God may seem to us to be inactive but he is involved and not only involved in control, God is holy, God hears and answers prayers, God is just and his plans are good, and the righteous live by faith and faithfulness.

I love this verse (Habakkuk 3:17) and all that Doddridge has to say in his expansion on the verse in Streams in the Desert. My favorite part of Habakkuk 3, though, are the words “I will joy in the God of my salvation.” I love the power of the use of the word “joy” as a verb. I will joy in God.

God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey Him. The God whom we serve and love not only has the ability to meet every need we have, but He also has the integrity to keep His promises to us. Don’t focus on the need- focus on the Father. -Walking With God, Life Principle #11

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