There are times that we, as believers are riding on the waves of overwhelming blessings. This usually and should result in overwhelming praise. During these times we cannot say enough about the goodness of God. However, as believers we are not immune to nor do we escape times of tragedy, suffering, hardship, illness and loss. We go through seasons of emotional and physical pain. The question is, what, if anything do we say about God in those seasons of sorrow? Do we still praise Him? Do we still extol his faithfulness?
In Habakkuk the third chapter, the prophet ends his prayer with a hymn during which he names some of the tragedies that can befall the agrarian community in which he lived. He spoke about unproductive crops and an absence of livestock (Habakkuk 3: 17). But he didn’t stop there. In verses 18-19 he goes on to say “yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;”. He expressed joy in the midst of dire circumstances. The challenge for us is to be consistent in our worship. Perhaps we could benefit from spending some time reflecting on the possibility of challenging times and pondering what our response might be. Just think, What If?