December 18

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19; Revelation 9:1-21; Psalm 137:1-9; Proverbs 30:10

Are there limits on your gratitude? Is your praise limited only to when things are going well? How do you respond when your plans have not initially worked out as you planned? Can you still praise God even when your prayers have not been answered?

In the judgment that the prophet Habakkuk delivered, he ended with a word of hope. “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

God never asks us to rejoice for the problems but to rejoice in the problem. The reason we can offer God praise even when circumstances are not favorable is because God never changes. He is our Deliverer and when we praise Him, God releases the forces of heaven to bring us out to victory.

No matter what you are dealing with right now, determine that you will not become bitter and start complaining. You must trust that God will bring you through whatever you are facing. The Bible reminds us that when we praise God in spite of our troubles, it’s a sacrifice: “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

Develop a habit of praise each day!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Zephaniah 1:1-3:20; Revelation 10:1-11; Psalm 138:1-8; Proverbs 30:11-14