I have a plan and I bet you have one too. We plan our day, our week, our life. Sometimes it all works out and sometimes…
Snags happen. We get drought instead of rain. We get more weeds than flowers. We have more expenses than income. We lose our jobs, or our health or even our homes. We all know about Murphy’s Law. If something can go wrong then it probably will.
Promises are broken. People let us down. Relationship break apart and heartache occurs. Our best friend turns on us. We may get that all alone feeling.
Wow! Can life really be like that? Hopefully not all of those things at once but one or more are almost certain. The perfect life seldom happens even in books or movies. So the question of the day is not if but when. I mean when it does happen what will our attitude be? Poor Job. His wife’s attitude was for Job to curse God and give up. This can happen when we blame God for life’s snags and unfaithful people. The atheist has it on us at that point, since he has no God to blame. But, why do we blame God? He created a perfect world without snags and he never breaks a promise. He is not the originator of Murphy’s Law and He doesn’t set out to ruin our day.
Habakkuk understood that God was not responsible for snags but God is responsible for something much more important. I want us to think about Habakkuk’s “though” and “yet”.
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,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
Wow! again. Job was right, his wife was wrong. Though my earthly world fall apart, yet I will exult in the Lord. No figs, grapes, olives, grain, sheep or cows but… but I have salvation. “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?”, Jesus asked. In other words, what’s more important to us, the “though’s”or the “yet’s”?