We Must Rejoice In Hard Times

Habakkuk 3:18
Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

I Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.

Friends, be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. There is much rejoicing because of the salvation God has prepared for us, there will also be agony because of the pressures and difficulties of life.

Trials, Troubles, and Hard Times are things we all have to deal with. It really doesn’t matter what kinds of hard times make life tough. No matter where our hard times come from, Peter’s message 1 Peter 1:6 offers insight to all who are facing hard times. Peter tells us about being truly glad and about the wonderful joy in the midst of hard times.

Habakkuk tells us rejoicing in the hard times seems difficult. Finding a song in your heart when you feel hopeless appears unbearable. Based on Scripture, you and I have a hope and a reason to rejoice.

Rejoicing means “to be glad or take delight” in something. Habakkuk 3:18, paints a hopeless picture for the nation of Israel. There’s no food, and life is beyond desperate. Even then, Habakkuk says, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. Three letters Y-E-T make one very big word defined as “before all is done; in the time still remaining, and even still.” This Scripture brings hope because there is time to rejoice, to find hope and joy in God.

• You and I may be in the middle of a difficult time where all seems lost; but even still, we can rejoice.
• You and I may have just come through a tough situation, but in the time still remaining, we can find joy in God.
• You and I may be entering a time of trial, but before all is said and done, find hope in your salvation.

Heavenly Father, no matter what today holds, please show me the joy of my salvation. Remind me that hope is found in my God; May I be found delighting in You.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, I invite you to pray to Him, and ask Him to be the Lord of your life today.

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