I’ve talked with a few people who have been brave enough to voice what I suspect many people feel – a sense of “letdown” after Christmas. Maybe they got caught up in all the hype and the day just came and went too quickly. Perhaps they were disappointed in the gifts they received. Maybe they didn’t have a chance to see the family and friends that they had hoped to. Maybe, they had nobody to share the day with at all this year…
The truth is, we all have hopes and expectations for days like Christmas – we all have hopes for everyday. But, what do we do when they aren’t fulfilled? Where can we look when nothing goes our way and the “cupboards of our life” look so bare?
Recently, I came across this prayer from Habbakuk – “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though 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)
In essence, the prophet was proclaiming that if everything he had come to rely on failed, if every possible source of provision dried up, he would still be able to find joy in his relationship with God. Habakkuk had learned that a full spiritual cupboard would satisfy – even when the other cupboards of life were empty. Why? Because God is faithful at all times.
Which cupboard are you relying on more – yours or God’s? –Dave
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