“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
Clearly, the situation being described in this passage is one of complete disaster. And yet in there is this courageous expression of faith by the writer.
Let me put in plain English exactly what the author is saying: “Even if I am forced to undergo the extreme condition of not knowing where my next meal is coming from, and although my house is empty and my fields yield no crops and I see the evidence of certain pestilence where I once saw the fruits of God’s plentiful provision, ‘yet I will rejoice in the LORD.'”
These words are worthy of being written forever in stone with a diamond tool. But alas…
Where these words really need to be written…etched rather…is deep in the recesses of our heart.
We need to determine that in our time of distress we will flee to God. That we will maintain our spiritual composure under the darkest of circumstances. That in the midst of everything, we will delight ourselves in God and have cheerful expectations of Him.
Let us pray that through the mercy and grace of God, such heroic confidence…such glorious faith…and such unconquerable love will be our portion. Amen!