Friday, September 7, 2007

I will give Joy in the God of my Salvation!

Habakkuk 3:18

Ok...That is a wierd place to read your morning devotions, but I just really wanted to read something different! So, I read in Hab. I read the following, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall the fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the feilds shall yeild on meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will give joy in the God of my salvation." Hab 3:17-18

I have been very sad lately over the fact that our church is different. Our thoughts right now are mainly focused on preparing each family to go out and minister better. And while this is exciting, it is hard to not see a lot of number growth. And it is hard to watch your friends move away, even if it is a GOOD thing that they are moving to do. It is hard to look at empty stalls and it is hard to see our flock be cut off...Even if it is a good thing. BUT...I must go on to verse 18. YET I WILL REJOICE! I WILL GIVE JOY~ As I looked down on the notes that I had written for this passage about 10 years ago, I smiled...I had taken notes on a message that one of my friends from High school had preached, his name was Jason Wampler. Here is the main thing that stuck out that he said..."Joy is like a Peanut Butter sandwich...once you start spreading it around, it sticks to everything!" I am going to be off to do some sticking...:)


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