Lenten Devotion: Thursday, February 27

Psalm 37:1-42Habakkuk 3:1-18Philippians 3:12-21John 17:1-8

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes 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, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk 3:17-18

Today’s reading comes from the Book of Habakkuk. It was my first time delving into this short book, and the resounding theme is a powerful one: have faith in all times! Habakkuk questions and struggles with doubt in the first two chapters and by the third, delivers a powerful prayer of faith! Habakkuk’s prayer made me mindful of several things: keep the conversation with God ongoing, trust in God at all times, and choose joy.

For me, keeping the conversation with God ongoing is essential. Growing up, I think I felt the only way to talk to God was to kneel and pray at church or my bedside. Today, I’m quick to pray about everything all day long. I do a lot of praying in the car when my mind has time to bring up others that need prayer or a worry I have. Almost daily, I’ve been known to close my eyes, shake my head, and pray for the devil to leave my thoughts when my mind wanders to a worst case scenario. I don’t always get an answer back, but I feel sure I’ve been heard.

Trusting in God is a bit harder. Habakkuk’s people had no food since their crops failed to produce. His people were preparing for war. Their reality seemed so dire, yet Habakkuk rejoiced in the Lord. I find that my trust in God is strengthened when I feel like He’s with me for the small things. I feel these smaller mercies help prepare us all to trust in Him when the big things happen.

And lastly, choosing joy! Probably the hardest to feel, think, and do. We all have different ways of finding our joy. I pray this Lent, you can take some time to practice finding some of that joy. Whether it’s taking on a new spiritual practice or letting go of a not so healthy habit, it is ultimately our decision to choose joy or not. I pray we all find joy like Habakkuk did, in God, our Savior.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your prophet, Habakkuk. There is so much to learn from his words of question and prayer. Help us to trust in your provision, have faith in your plan, and keep us mindful to always seek you in prayer. In Jesus Name, Amen.