(From today’s Daily Office)

Habakkuk 3:17-18

17 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,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Ours is a broken world. It’s as broken as it is confusing. The strange juxtaposition of “beautiful and terrible things” is almost too much to fathom.

In this passage, the prophet resolves to rejoice in the Lord, in spite of the way things are.

The text is a very appropriate Advent reading.

It is easy for us to think that God is most at work when things are going right. This is not true. He is at work in the way things actually are. No matter how difficult. Martin Luther believed that one look at the cross tells us as much.

This is why God came. A light needed to come into the darkness.

Where do you need him today? During this season?

Fill in the blank for your life: “Though the ___________, yet I will rejoice in the Lord.”

Jesus came, so that he could come into our present tense painful situations.

Believe and hope.

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