Habakkuk 3:17-18 (HCSB)
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit 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,
18 yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation!
Doug's corollary: Though my body may ache and sickness become part of my life, even with diminishing
hearing and sight, even when circumstance seems to rail against Peace, yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will
rejoice in the God of my salvation!
If that's hard to understand, it's okay-it is the Peace which passes all understanding. Don't buy an apple from anyone who tells you that he's got this Peace all figured out. I sure don't.
But I have it, just as God has promised, and I've had this Peace for over 30 years.
Not constant-I am human and frail and have sometimes acted and lived as if this world can engender such Peace...or snuff it out. Those are MY failings, not God's.
Christians are indeed promised lives freed from sickness and sin...once we get to Heaven. But our prime
directive on this side of the Gate of Pearl is to glorify God in the midst of our troubles and unbudded fig trees (such as job loss/health loss/everything loss).
My brothers and sisters in Christ who have been crippled, blinded, stricken with Cancer or worse down through the centuries... are now in Heaven, praising God. They made it; I will make it, too, someday. But until that day, I have a foretaste of Heaven known as Peace. It is enough.