Keeping The Focus Through The Storms Of Life

I heard a story about a man who went to work one day and got yelled at by his boss.  He was moody all through the day, and finally went home.  When he went in his house, his wife called from the kitchen asking how his day had been.  He yelled at her to mind her own business.  At that he went to his favorite chair and flopped himself into it.  He took off his shoes and threw one at his new TV, cracking it from one side to the other.  He then jumped to his feet and fell over his other shoe, spraining his ankle and banging his head on the coffee table.  When he regained consciousness, he saw his dog looking at him with pathetic eyes.  He jumped up and kicked his dog.

The person that told me that “make-believe” story said it would have been easier had he just kicked his dog and got it all out of his system (nothing against dogs here).  The point to this crazy story is that there are going to be days in each of our lives when it seems that everything is going wrong.  It might even seem that everything that could go wrong will go wrong all at the same time.  Habakkuk was living through that very situation when he wrote at the end of his book, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall 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 3:17-18).

Habakkuk had experienced the real life version of the “make-believe” story I told in the beginning of this devotional.  He had seen every thing go wrong.  He had seen his countrymen and himself taken into captivity by godless individuals.  He had seen his retirement go up in smoke.  He had recognized that all these things were deserved because Israel had turned their back on God.  In spite of all the negative things Habakkuk had seen, he made a determination that each of us ought to make today.  He decided that he would not blame God for these things happening, but that he would instead continue to rejoice in the Lord and give praise to the God of his salvation!

This is good advice for each of us today.  You have, or will certainly face very difficult times.  These are wonderful times to praise God.  The One constant you have in an uncertain time is that God is still on the throne.  Keep your focus on the One Who controls everything and still has your best interest in His heart.  All things are certainly working together for good.

Do right though the stars fall.” – Dr. Bob Jones Sr.

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