Joy, Regardless

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places. (Hab 3:17-19)

Habakkuk was a Jew who lived 600 years before Jesus Christ. Babylon was the most powerful empire of the era and a growing threat to Habakkuk’s people. This sermon explores:

  1. Habakkuk’s burden (Hab 1:2-4, 12-13)
  2. The LORD’s answer (Hab 1:5-11; 2:3, 12-20)
  3. Habakkuk’s turning-point (Hab 3:2, 16)
  4. The key to joy, regardless (Hab 3:17-19)

Though he lived 2,600 years ago, the lessons contained in Habakkuk’s prophecy are exceedingly important to understand and apply today.

  • If my joy is built upon anything other than God, I’m depending upon a foundation too fragile.
  • To love and trust and pursue anything more than God is idolatry (Hab 2:18-19).
  • As long as I love and trust and pursue ____ more than God, joy will escape me.
  • When I trust God to be my strength, my hope, and my Savior, I find joy, regardless.

This sermon was delivered on August 6, 2017.


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