When there’s no fruit on the vine

This morning my mom sent me some of my favorite verses. Ones I’ve read and analyzed and clung to more than once when my eyes don’t see the promise of the Lord.

These verses are a steady reminder of how we cling to Him and hold fast to that which He promised again and again over that which we presently see. Easier said than done at times. Those have been recent times for us surrounding a cancer diagnosis for my brave husband.

I’ve held fast (not perfectly but desperately like a baby crying for my mother who I surely know is coming soon to meet my every need because I cannot.) to the truth of Him. There is something holy and sacred in this space. When it’s 2 a.m. and the pain is so searing and there is no relief outside of Him. When you’re changing the night sweat soaked sheets. Again. When the strongest man you know cannot will his body to do … well, anything.

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour 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. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.”

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

http://bible.com/1/hab.3.17-19.kjv

We can be entirely faithful and honest at once. Never forget that. We must not, we cannot, magnify the arrows of the enemy over the impenetrable shield of our savior. But, we can acknowledge those arrows and remain in faith. It’s like forgiveness in the way it’s not true forgiveness just because you forget – otherwise I know some real spiritual powerhouses just because they have poor memory. The beauty is in the knowing but forgiving anyway.

The beauty is in the believing before the seeing.

The Lord gave us each a fantastic mind full of imagination. Quit letting the enemy highjack the gift of imagining our victorious futures and promise-filled present.

The word says without faith it’s impossible to please God – Hebrews. And so faith is being sure of what we hope for. Certain of that which we cannot see.

The beauty is in the knowing but forgiving anyway.

The beauty is in the believing before the seeing.

We walk in faith when we live in this tension between the prayer and the finished thing and do so praising Him all along. This is not the easy thing to do. This isn’t the natural thing to do.

But it’s possible.

The same power that rose Christ from the dead now lives in me. I can do all things. Even praise Him in the in between. Even praise Him through tears. Even sing His song in the midnight pain.

I looked up the origin of some of the words of that passage in Habakkuk. Their meaning gives me motivation anew. I hope they do for you as well.

  • When the word says “Yet I will rejoice” that word for rejoice also means triumph.
  • When the writer says “I will joy” the root means to spin around or to be under the violent influence of an emotion. It’s a joy that isn’t meek mouthed. It’s bold. It’s active and moving.
  • When it says salvation it means liberty, deliverance and prosperity. May we remember what His salvation truly delivers into our hearts and how it covers our lives with a blanket that never lifts.

Today I encourage you to do two things before the thing is finished. Praise Him. Out loud. With passion. With zeal. In honesty.

He is a good father. Period. He didn’t make you sick. He didn’t steal your husband or lure away your child into sin. His mind is made up about you. Your future. It’s the enemy that came to take from you. So you can stop asking God why because it wasn’t Him.

So, first you praise. Even if it’s through tears.

And second and most importantly find a word and don’t move off it. Those verses are your promise. If your bank account is low and the diagnosis is not so good, read the first half of Deuteronomy 28 and know it is yours.

Take back the imagination God gave you and apply His truth. After all, He is the only one who knows your future. And good news: it’s a good one.

If you need a word in His word to stand on, a promise to grab hold of – message us. We love to join with His people.

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