“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

In those times when faith comes hard, we can respond in one of four ways. The first response is to become bitter and resentful; to decree that God is unfair. The second is to seek total intellectual understanding; to demand of God an answer. The third reaction is to life’s difficulties is one of grim resignation; that this is just the way it is. The more faithful response, however, is seen in the words of the prophet — to keep believing, to keep trusting even though everything seems to be failing. Present circumstances are never permanent. Keep believing even though…

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