17Though 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, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17 – 19)
Today we conclude our reflections on the Discipline of Worship as we consider the theme A World in Need.
The world is in a never-ending search for happiness. Some search for it in material things and some search for it by forsaking material things. Some try to find it in pleasure, and some hope to find it by avoiding pleasure. The methods people try are numerous and varied. Our life experiences teach us that sustainable happiness can be very elusive – there is so much injustice and pain in the world – but the Bible teaches us that joy, peace and contentment are accessible to us through Jesus. Today’s passage gives us some insight into how a life of worship produces joy.
Please prayerfully read the passage above and answer the question below.
What impact could we have on the world if we are able to rejoice in the Lord (attitude of worship) regardless of circumstances?
March 18, 2020 at 10:13 am
I have been considering the times of plagues in early history when Christians had an impact and I came across this article by Eric Metaxas when Ebola was prevalent:
It begins: “Between 250 and 270 A.D. a terrible plague, believed to be measles or smallpox, devastated the Roman Empire. At the height of what came to be known as the Plague of Cyprian, after the bishop St. Cyprian who chronicled what was happening, 5,000 people died every day in Rome alone.”
Although at the height of persecution and death by the same “plague,” Christians worshipped God daily with their acts of compassion for their sick neighbors.
I’m not looking for a death, or more likely, a sick 🤒 wish, but I am looking for ways to help my neighbors at this time to show compassion, give a helping hand, praying for others, as an act of worship.
March 18, 2020 at 11:15 am
Can only think.of one thing. Give Praise.
There is feeling of joy, peace and contentment when you place yourself at the Lord’s feet.
I wish that I had neighbours anywhere that I could ‘help’. Have persevered for over 20yrs and none wishes to relate to ea other. I have asked all over, offered fruit and vegs that we grow, accepted but never a hello next day. I continue to pray for these people.
Thank God I have worshipful friends in several places who support each other in love and prayer.
March 18, 2020 at 4:46 pm
Comment from Pastor Anthony Oliver:
It is natural in times of adversity to be overwhelmed by the circumstances. However, like Habakkuk the attitude of worship can prevail because God is unchangingly good and wise. So we can have joy with the correct perspective. This will challenge the world in need to consider the basis of our joy. Like John Wesley was impressed with the calm of the Moravians during the storm in their journey across the Atlantic Ocean in the nineteenth century. Their witness of peace in the storm led to Wesley’s conversion.
March 18, 2020 at 10:53 pm
No matter what the circumstance, be content. God is sufficient.
March 19, 2020 at 7:48 am
My heart is heavy as I counsel and witness people in pain. As Christians, this is our opportunity to let our light shine and reach out to others. It might be a simple call, text, donate a water bottle package, etc… Let’s continue to pray to God for healing on our land. God is always in control even in the midst of adversity. May God continue to Bless and cover you/family. 🙏 Blessings and Love