17 Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will exult in the LORD,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord GOD is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.
This scripture was quoted twice last Sunday: by my Pastor in our morning Bible study, and then by another Pastor Sunday night when our church families got together for hymn singing and fellowship. It’s a message of Hope that is important to remember: no matter circumstance, God is greater than events which happen, and He has promised to take care of His children.
We live in a Blessed country, which, scars and all, is wonderful. We have a great economy now, and there are many benefits to living in America. But it hasn’t always been so-the Great Depression, the Civil War, Slavery, all of our Colonies being slaves under King George-no, it wasn’t always as wonderful as it is now.
But even during the most troubling times in our nation, God has extended His Grace, and this nation has survived because of that Grace. Even when crops fail, even when cattle die, even when economies fall into depressions, God is here, and we rejoice.
God is here for ALL of His children. Our brothers and sisters around the world are also upheld and protected by His hand. Their circumstance may be more dire than ours, they may face more persecution, but when their harvest dies, or their flocks are cut off…they rejoice in the Lord.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:10