Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
What prevails when life throws its hardest blows at you? Is it complaining? Murmuring? Anger? Whining? Bitterness? What is your overall response to hardship? Honestly, we all react when things happen in our lives, often times more emotionally than rationally. But when the drama from your feelings subsides, what remains to lift you from those hard places of self-pity and frustration? For the one who knows that God is their strength and their salvation, it is praise that prevails with faith in the Lord God Almighty!
This person understands that God is faithful even in the hard times, and will find that in the darkest hours, a prevailing praise brings hope and confidence in the God of their salvation. This person recognizes that there is no problem too hard for God to work out. They have strong history with the Creator of heaven and earth and are familiar with His character. When there is no way, God is their way maker. When there is no place to run for cover, God is their strong tower. When there is no provision, God is their abundant supply. They can rejoice because they are confident that God is not slack concerning His promises and what He has promised He is also able to perform. They know Him as a covenant keeping God and that He will bring what He has spoken to pass. They walk in the peace that no matter how hard things get, God has promised never to leave them or forsake them.
A prevailing praise causes this person to be able to press forward in spite of adversity. A prevailing praise is what rises from the rubble of disaster in this person’s life. Their faith and hope is not in anything that another person can do, but it is in the God of their salvation—the one who can actually do something about their circumstance. They have willed themselves to trust the Lord and know without a doubt that He cannot fail!
Sword Sharpener: Job
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