face a nationwide, indeed, worldwide crisis. The following verse of Scripture has been highlighted, one where people from another era would have been experiencing some unusually difficult circumstances:
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. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT)
Let’s personalize it. Even though the nation and the world are in a state of emergency, even though my heart is breaking, even though I have to be home alone for who knows how long, even though I am sick for who knows how long …. You can fill in your own “even thoughs.” YET! Even So! I can be sure that God is with me!
Because God is with me, I will be joyful – He loves me, He is the God of my salvation, He is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer – I can walk through anything because He walks with me.
At a recent men’s conference, I (Michael) taught a message entitled “Pathways to the Goodness of God.” In it I shared how we need to slow down to the “speed of God“ in order to recognize, respond and receive His expressions of goodness. Here is an excellent description I came across about how God walks slowly at three miles per hour.
“God walks ‘slowly’ because He is love. If He is not love, He would have gone much faster. Love has its own speed. It is an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed…It goes on in the depth of our life, whether we notice or not, whether we are currently hit by a storm or not, at three miles an hour. It is the speed we walk and therefore it is the speed the love of God walks.”
Praying you will find your “even though” as you slow down to the pace of God.
Michael and Terri Sullivant