“Keep the Faith” by Jacqueline Crooks

Keep The Faith
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The fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, through the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18, NIV

The scripture above is part of a prayer that Habakkuk prayed to the Lord. Habakkuk was a prophet who spoke to the Lord about all the suffering his people were going through at that time. Habakkuk discusses with God why he has to witness so much evil prevailing and the righteous suffering. By the end of his discussion with the Lord, Habakkuk was encouraged and in closing gave praise to God.

Many times in our life it seems as if God is not moving or he has not heard our prayers. I think like Habakkuk we become frustrated and disappointed seeing evil prevail and it appears those who do not obey Christ win. But just as God finished his discussion with Habakkuk making certain to him that he will punish the unjust, we can be encouraged in our own lives.

It may be that you are constantly praying and trusting God, but your bills and debts are increasing instead of being eliminated.  Your health appears to be getting worse instead of better and none of the circumstances you’ve prayed about have been answered. Even in this season we must trust God and praise him just as Habakkuk so profoundly spoke in his prayer. We must continue to believe regardless of the circumstance; God is in control. He hears our prayers and He will deliver us. The example of the prophet Habakkuk encourages us to wait on the Lord, expecting that He will indeed work out all things for our good! (Romans 8:28).

I encourage you to read the whole book of Habakkuk it is amazing and so encouraging!

Affirmation(s): Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32

About JCcallingblog

Jacqueline Crooks has been married for over 30 years and she is the mother of two children. She started jccallingblog because she totally enjoyed the Jesus Calling book by Sarah Young and wanted to share her thoughts with friends and family. However, this journey has branched her into more than she could have ever imagined. She is now writing blogs, books, hosting a JCcalling show on JCcallingtv , and baking cookies for jcirresistibles.
For over 30 years she has worked in the public sector. Although she enjoyed the work and it definitely helped pay the bills, she felt something was missing. She wanted to feel alive and not just going through the motions of everyday life. So the birth of JCcalling was started. Jacqueline believes God put us all here for a purpose and that we each have our own calling to fulfill. “When we are in our purpose we feel alive, excited about what we will do next, and thrilled to be walking in what we love.”
Her purpose is to encourage others to fulfill their calling! She believes her journey is to help you fulfill the calling on your life. Her prayer is that every time you stop by one of her sites you get golden nuggets that launches you into your purpose. Her promise is to do her best to help you walk in your path.
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