Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to
walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19
Immediately after Elijah’s great victory against the prophets of Baal in 1Kings 18, the threat to his life from Jezebel, the wife of the king, must have been unexpected. Rather than appreciation and applause, he instead received rejection and threats. What do you do when you suddenly experience the unexpected? Or when you do not experience the result that you were expecting? Do you allow it to discourage you or do you encourage yourself in
the Lord and hold on to God’s strength and faithfulness? In Acts 14, Apostle Paul was stoned, dragged out of the city and left for dead; all because he refused to allow the people to worship and ascribe the glory to him after he performed a miracle through Christ. Apostle Paul did not regret not receiving the treatment he expected for standing for what was right. Verses 20-22 reveal that after the believers surrounded him, he returned to the same city and then to another, preaching and encouraging believers to remain strong in the faith due to the tribulation that we must endure to enter the kingdom of God.The God of all comfort will strengthen you and comfort you on every
side, such that you will also be able to strengthen and comfort others, 2Cor.1:3-4. By God’s strength, you will continue to dominate and press forward into the great things that God has in store for you.
Prayer Focus: Thank God that His strength and comfort are with you and declare in faith that no situation will cause you to become discouraged. Declare that you will continue to dominate in Christ.