One of my favorite songs right now is “Even If” from Mercy Me.
Today’s Bible verse reminds me of the point in the song — even if God doesn’t take away the hurt and the pain, even if He doesn’t swoop in and fix whatever it is we think needs fixing, our faith, our hope is in God:
For though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit appears on the vine, though the yield of the olive fails and the terraces produce no nourishment, Though the flocks disappear from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, Yet I will rejoice in the LORD and exult in my saving God.
GOD, my Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet swift as those of deer and enables me to tread upon the heights.
Even if things don’t go my way, I will rejoice in the Lord! He is my savior. He will save me when I need saving and how I need saving. He is not a genie to grant me my every wish — He is so much more. God saves us from the wishes that don’t help us (and may hurt us). His plan is much greater than ours — I can only imagine how screwed up things would be if my wishes or plans were always carried out! A genie may satisfy our want for instant gratification, but God satisfies our need for eternal gratification. The Lord is my strength, I just need to allow Him to be.
Your mercy and love is great! Your wisdom is beyond my comprehension. I rejoice in you! I am grateful for the gifts that you provide. Allow me to be part of your plan.