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 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. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.-Habakkuk 3:17-19
How can the prophet Habakkuk and more importantly you and I rejoice in God and be joyful in God our savior during the hard times? We have to remember what our source of joy is. As followers of Jesus our source of joy is not our material possessions or our wealth, but instead our source of joy is our God who loved us enough to send his only son to die for our sins. Even if disasters should strike and take away all of our worldly possessions and the trappings of wealth that we have in our lives, we still have one thing that cannot be taking away from us and that is the hope we have in God. It is this hope that is your source of strength and joy. And it is what you should cling to in times of trouble because it will enable you to stay the course.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked our for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.-Hebrews 12:1-3