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September 4, 2017 at 12:51 pm #5752
“God Bless You and Keep You Through the Storms” by Darren Canning, Ontario, Canada
“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.”
In this prayer of Habakkuk, we see the prophet declaring the destruction of Israel at the hand of the Babylonian horde. As he prays, he recognizes the great hand of God in bringing about the destruction as a judgment against his nation, but he also asks God for mercy in times of wrath.
Rejoicing Even Through the Wild Storms in Life
Habakkuk understands that the invasion will result in reverberations for his people and that they may experience lack, but he is thankful nonetheless for the goodness of God. I have experienced lack in my life and I have had family members experience lack in their lives. It is truly not an experience that comes easy, but learning to rejoice even in the place of lack will get you through many a wild storm in life.
One of my family members went through a severe trial with lack recently. She ended up having to go on welfare because she could not get a job adequate for taking care of her life. It was one of the deepest trials she has ever faced. For me, it was also difficult because of the helplessness I felt in not being able to help her. She had monthly bills and a house that she owned that just would not sell. She could not afford to pay the mortgage and she couldn’t get rid of the house. But in the midst of all of that she kept crying out to God and indeed got much closer to the Lord as a result.
God is Our Shelter
You see in the hour of our storms that running from God will not help us to overcome. We must always be aware that God is our shelter even in the greatest storms. Nothing can overwhelm us for long as we remain in Him. Job faced great trials and wrestled for understanding as to why such things were occurring, but in the end it was God who saw him through his trials and blessed him even more than he had been blessed before.
There are times of lack in our culture where some of the things that we take for granted right now like food, water, shelter and money may not come easy for some. In these times, we must prepare our hearts and learn to rejoice in the midst of dire times.
Such peace will come over you with such wonder, as God provides for you and warms your very heart. God will lavish His love toward you as you go through these times. I know because this is what I have experienced in my own life and what I have witnessed in the lives of others who are totally sold out to God.
May God bless you and keep you through all your storms! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Darren Canning is a revivalist preacher who travels throughout Canada, the United States, and the world. His heart is for revival and believes that God will touch lives deeply wherever he travels. He teaches on hearing the voice of God and experiencing the supernatural. Darren’s life was touched powerfully through an encounter with God and he was transformed from an atheistic lifestyle to a Believer in a moment. He has spent 14 years working for the government of Canada as an analyst specializing in transportation issues related to Aircraft Safety and Security. He is married to Lydia and is the father of seven children. He believes that if others experience the God of the supernatural then they too will be changed forever.
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