We're invited to rejoice in the Lord, even in the midst of loss. Rejoicing shifts our focus away from our circumstances and towards the One who gives us hope.
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! Habakkak 3:18
Most of us, when we are being stared down by loss, do not think of rejoicing as our first response. Most people, even Christians, cuss when first faced with loss. Rejoicing is almost unnatural unless we are celebrating some victory or milestone, such as a new birth, a wedding or anniversary, our football team winning. Yet, when we rejoice in the Lord while surrounded by loss, that very rejoicing invites Him into our troubles.
Habakkuk has stared at terrible loss: at least a year’s worth of financial and provisional loss to himself and his family. The loss is so large that he is powerless in his own strength to change his condition. Nevertheless, he pivots from his circumstances with his utterance of the simple word, “Yet”. The prophet understands the Source of his provision. His “Yet” is a determined movement into action.
• I will rejoice in the Lord
• I will be joyful in the God who will save me in the midst of loss
When we rejoice, it’s the beginning of our shift in focus. We’re no longer stuck in the discouragement of our miserable circumstances. We’re looking at the One who is able to give us hope and a new perspective.
What is your first response to loss?
What would it take for you to rejoice and be joyful in every situation?
Come Holy Spirit! Release such joy in me that I rejoice and give thanks to You in the midst of my losses.