Make Yourself A "Though" Christian "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 Saviour (Habakkuk 3:17,18, NIV). I love this prayer of Habakkuk. He's my kind of guy! He's a "though" follower of God, not an "if" follower of God, and I want to be just like him in that respect. What about you? How would you classify yourself? "If" believers are those that say, "If God gives me good health and if God gives me a job that I like and if God gives me a wonderful marriage and a happy family, then I will follow Him." But "though" believers are those who say, "Though I don't have good health and though I am unemployed and have no money and though I am unmarried and alone, I will STILL follow the LORD!" It's easy to praise God when everything in our lives is going well. It's a lot harder to do when our lives are a shambles and we're weary, hurting and confused. Yet God asks us to be like Habakkuk and stick with him no matter how bad the situation is. In the Book of Habakkuk, God tells the prophet that the Chaldeans are going to come against the Israelites and there will be great suffering. But the LORD assures him that God will preserve the righteous in the midst of the turmoil. That's when Habakkuk utters his great prayer of faith. Friends, our health problems and the many family and financial concerns that accompany them may threaten to overwhelm us. But God promises to preserve his children in the midst of it all. Let's emulate Habakkuk, commit ourselves to the LORD and praise Him in spite of our troubles. We may not be able to see the light at the end of tunnel, but there is One and that Light is Jesus! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Lou Cornish praises the LORD from her home in Canada. She prays that the readers of this devotional will become "though" followers of God if they aren't already. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people Who live with chronic illness or pain.