As we head back to school and settle back into the normal rhythms of life, it’s important to remember that God isn’t just for Ripon.
Sometimes everything seems to go right. There’s no drama in your friendship group, that boy you fancy likes you back, school seems easy and you actually understand things as teachers explain them. At times like these it’s easy to thank God for what He’s doing and to rejoice in His love for us. That’s not a bad thing, but Habakkuk 3:17-18 says:
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 sheepfold
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Saviour.
Habakkuk is saying here that nothing in his life seems to be going well. There’s no food, all the crops have failed and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better. He doesn’t say to God, “You have to sort this for me”, he simply says, “God, I know you’re good even though all these bad things are happening and I rejoice in that”. Whether we can feel God’s presence closely, whether things are going well, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that we rejoice and be joyful in God our Saviour. We know God is 100% good, and he’s got His reasons when things aren’t going well for us. Although we can’t always see what those reasons are, there’s always cause for joy.
My prayer for you is that you’ll be able to praise God for who He is every day. That it doesn’t matter what God does and He doesn’t always work in the ways we expect but He is always 100% good.