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Rejoicing When God Isn't Blessing

Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls--yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  Habakkuk 3:17-18

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Little or no harvest is disappointing—especially after diligent and persistent sowing.

Praising and worshiping God is easy when my fruit basket is full. However, a true test of faith is my willingness to express devotion and adoration when harvests are lean.

A main premise of Scripture is that we reap what we sow, but what if my sowing reaps nothing, if prayers for opportunities collide against closed doors, if phone calls and emails are not returned, if rejection letters arrive, or if promotions do not happen. Can I still rejoice without ceasing as Job and say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Is my faith so resolute to approach the fiery furnace as Daniel’s friends and say, “Even if God doesn’t bless me, I’ll still be faithful to Him?”

These questions challenge me when my spiritual fig trees, vines, and olive trees yield little fruit. As a writer and speaker, equipping and inspiring people energizes me. When my audiences or readers have “Aha” moments, it fuels my passion as a vessel suitable for my Master’s use.

Yet in a season of no harvest, I question if I’ve missed something. When articles are seen by hundreds but “liked” by few, doubt creeps across my mind. When a passionate delivery of a message God has revealed results in the audience staring at me like a mule looking at a new gate, uncertainty grips my heart.

But Habakkuk, Job, and Daniel’s friends beckon me to a deeper walk of faith. Their steadfastness encourages me to remain faithful to the gifts, talents, and skills God has given me—regardless of the results. After all, God didn’t ask us to produce huge harvests but to faithfully distribute the seed He has given us.

Though the battle is tough, stick to the fight. Storm clouds may gather, but grab your deck pillow. And if the harvest seems small, rejoice in the Lord. One day He will say, “Well done, faithful servant.”

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Nate Stevens

As a “missionary kid” who grew up in a Christian home and church, Nate Stevens has enjoyed a 30-year banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He is the author of Matched 4 Marriage – Meant 4 Life and a contributing author of Divine Appointments, Christmas Moments, and Spoken Moments. He writes online devotionals for Christian Devotions, www.SingleMatters.com, www.ChooseNOW.org as well as articles for several other publications. Information about his books, devotionals, and articles is available at www.natestevens.net. He is available for speaking engagements at conferences, seminars, and Bible study groups for singles, young adults, young marrieds, and youth. Nate currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina, is a newlywed to his beautiful wife Karen, and is an active dad with his two awesome kids, Melissa and Mitchell.