Sermon Passage: Habakkuk 3:17-19
Sermon Title: Take Joy
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
What is your first response to struggle and hardship? Is it to rejoice?
Most of us, we get stressed out, we cry, and we sulk. But Habakkuk says he will rejoice in the Lord. He says he will take joy in the God of salvation. But how? and why?
Habakkuk writes about fig trees, vines, olives and flock among others.. and these things are the livelihood of the israelites. If their fig trees and vines do not produce fruit, they would starve and would suffer great loss. For shepherd, their flock is their everything… But even at the loss of these things… the source of their worldly hope, Habakkuk says he will take joy. “take joy” he says.
To “take joy” is also to be glad, to be jubilant but also.. it is to show an attitude or action of favorable circumstance. But what word/phrase, in verse 17 describes a favorable circumstance?
What Habakkuk rejoices in is not the worldly situation and circumstance which may obviously look unfavorable at any given time, but He is pointing to the hope of Christ referred to in 1 Peter 1:3-7.
Only when we put our faith in the Eternal, Unchanging and Living Hope of Christ, do our struggles and hardship fall into perspective.
Lets become a community that, by planting our faith in the Hope of Christ, looks beyond the immediate struggle to the coming glory and the revelation of Christ.