It’s easy to praise God when things are going great. But, can we praise Him when everything is going wrong? The answer is: YES, we can! – and we should!
The prophet Habakkuk stated,
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign LORD is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
able to tread upon the heights.
The prophet is describing a pretty bleak situation here. The fig, grape, and olive crops have all failed and the fields do not have any wheat and barley. Figs symbolize blessing, prosperity and security. Grapes are for juice in a land where water is not plentiful. Olives are needed for food, lamp oil, medicine, anointing, and sacrifice. No wheat or barley would mean no bread. In short, the prophet is talking about not having the essential items for daily living.
Then he describes another bad situation – the livestock are dead and the barns are empty. This means there’s no milk, no meat, no plowing, no lambs for the atonement sacrifice! The prophet is describing potential famine, loss of blessing and prosperity, no means to sustain one’s self, and no means to carry out one’s religious responsibilities.
Thankfully, the prophet isn’t finished. He says, YET (in spite of all these bad things happening), I will continue to PRAISE THE LORD! I will continue to rejoice and be content in the midst of my trials.
Why? Because the Lord is his strength, even when times are difficult. It is Christ who will help him rise above his difficulties and carry him through. This is worth rejoicing over!
So it is with us. Even in the worst of times, we can praise Jesus, knowing He will carry us through.