Sheepfold

By Karl Berg

light in the darknessLight in the darknessThough 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.

 (Hab. 3:17-19)

I just finished reading a novel where this particular scripture was mentioned a couple of times. The main character was facing life threatening conditions, was afraid, and leaning to despair.

Since finishing the book that scripture has returned to me a couple of times, and I’ve felt the Lord impressing me to think on it. 

This has produced a few thoughts.

What do I do when everything seems to be falling apart? When negative circumstances happen suddenly, over and over again. How do I respond? fear? anger? frustration? resignation?

Unfortunately too often it is one of the above.

I know better. Through my relationship with Jesus I know He is greater than any circumstance, yet still too often, I default to negative responses.

Upon reflection, I can say this is because I’m looking for answers in the dark, instead of looking to the One who is the Light. Jesus is the Light of the world (Jn. 8:12)In the midst of the darkness, He brings perspective, and hope, but I have to choose to look to Him. That is what the prophet Habukkuk did. He made a choice...

Though all these things are happening...yet I will rejoice in the Lord!

There is always Light in the darkness if I’ll look to Him.