A joyful lawyer
Week beginning: 3rd September, 2017 | By Fiona Mahendran | London
"Though the fig tree does not budHabakkuk 3:17-18 (NIV)
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 Saviour."
Have you prayed for something - a training contract, a new job – or – for a loved one to be healed of cancer, depression, or saved only to be met by God's stone cold silence? Or maybe you've wondered how God can tolerate wrongdoing and watch on as justice is perverted (1:1-4), like I did when standing in a dark, overcrowded and fetid African prison cell?
When in the midst of such faith crises, Habakkuk understands.
He starts his book exasperated, crying out the familiar angry question "How long Lord?" (ch 1) yet finishes it in joy (3:18). How?
As Habakkuk took time out with God and experienced His power and glory (3:2,4), a simple truth stood out: the righteous person will live by his faithfulness (2:4). Trust God. Now standing in awe of God's deeds (3:2) yet facing death, or inevitable famine (3:17), Habakkuk makes a new resolve to rejoice in the Lord, to be joyful in God, His Saviour (3:18).
Though your computer may crash losing vital work, and it rains every day of your holiday, whether you've been rejected by yet another firm, or your client/colleague fails to listen to your advice, or the cancer has spread… are you willing to say: yet I will trust my advocate who is with me, my heart need not be troubled or afraid, I will be joyful in my Lord and my Saviour?
1. Whatever season you or those around you face, pray that you continue to trust and be joyful as you wait to hear from God (chap 2:1).
2. Whatever comes your way this week, pray to be one who chooses joy in Him, your Saviour, every day. May He give you opportunities to share this joy in Him with those around you.
3. Pray for our CLEAR Partners in East Africa, especially those in Kenya following the elections and the recent supreme court decision. Please pray for peace and unity amongst the people to prevail.