"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 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."
This is just so good. YET I will rejoice. Even now I will rejoice. If the worst happens, even then I will rejoice. Though all seems lost, I will rejoice. I really can't add much to that message.
Looking for some more inspiration from the books of the minor prophets (or perhaps you've never read them)? Here are some more beautiful and hopeful passages from those books to encourage you all to dig right in, if you never have:
- Zephaniah 3:17: "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."
- Hosea 6:3: "Oh, that we might know the Lord! Let us press on to know Him! He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring."
- Joel 2:13: "Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love."
- Micah 7:18-19: "Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea."