In the Old Testament, we read an impressive vow to the Lord from the book of Habakkuk. It reads,
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in The Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, He will make me walk on my high hills.
What a powerful consecration the prophet Habakkuk made to The Lord that day. In essence he was saying, regardless of what may come to me in life, I commit to trust in The Lord by expressing heartfelt joy in the God of my salvation. Even if I lose my crops, herd, or source of income, I will rejoice knowing God will lift me up and cause me to walk on the high road of victory.
He understood that a consecration was necessary during good times, that would sustain him during trying times. The fulfillment of his pledge to rejoice in the day of trouble would ultimately lift him up out of the valley of defeat to the high places of victory.
We can do the same thing today. If a pledge of regular rejoicing to the Lord is made regardless of circumstances in our lives, then our hearts will be less likely to grow weary in the day of trouble. Remembering our commitment to rejoice in the God of our salvation during times of adversity will build our inner strength. Inner strength will propel us towards a complete reliance on The Lord, trusting in His intervention.
What a tremendous way to live, knowing you can withstand any attack by releasing the force of joy. Not only will you withstand any attack, but also as the prophet came to understand, walking in the high places of victory is the destiny for all who join his powerful pledge proclaimed that day.
This is an excerpt from Pastor Fred’s book “The Force Of Joy”.