Make Yourself A "Though" Christian

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by sweetiepie, Feb 15, 2003.

  1. sweetiepie

    sweetiepie New Member

    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!
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    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.

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    Compliments of Rest Ministries, serving people
    Who live with chronic illness or pain.
  2. Revella

    Revella New Member

    God truly amazes me! I didn't read this post until tonight, (Monday). This past month has been particularly hard physically and mentally. Pain has been terrible.
    Today I learned that a little 10 month old girl that is like a grandchild to my husband and I is in the critical unit of a childrens' hospital in Memphis. She has asthma and now has a severe ear infection and pneumonia. There have been many other trying things happening this month and Satan was trying his best to get me down. Tonight I read your post and I realized that lately I have been a If christian. I don't want my relationship with God to be that way. I am determined to do like Habakuk and be a 'though' christian.
    Funny, when I first glanced at the title of your post I read it as tough christians instead of though. I guess truthfully we need to be both.
    Thanks for this touching post.
    Revella
  3. sweetiepie

    sweetiepie New Member

    Revella, praise God that you heard Him and read this.
    God bless, Deena