“Rejoicing in the Lord”

“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.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)  Though the land was threatened with famine, and though no food would be supplied to them, they would yet be able always to rejoice in the God of their salvation; for they knew Him to be their Father, though for a time He severely chastised them.

Our joy shall not depend on outward prosperity, for though the Lord may afflict us in an extreme degree, there will yet always be some consolations to sustain our minds, that they may not succumb under evils so grievous, for we are fully persuaded that our salvation is in God’s hand, and that He is its faithful guardian. We shall, therefore rest quietly; yea, though God fulminated (spoken out against our sins) from heaven, we shall yet be in a tranquil state of mind, looking for His gratuitous salvation.”

“Devotions and Prayers of John Calvin,” page 78, Charles E. Edwards, Editor, Still Waters Revival Books, http://www.PuritanDownloads.com; sent by Pastor Jonathan Merica, Calvary Reformed Church, Stockton, CA

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