“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” (Habakkuk 3:17, KJV )
The prophet Habakkuk lived in troubled days for the nation of Israel. The Assyrians were smashing and destroying the nations of the world. The Jews were in great distress, as the Assyrian army was marching towards Samaria and Judah. The prophet was so troubled that he began to question the justice of God in permitting the savagery of the Assyrian army. The LORD answered and spoke to him. After hearing from God, his fears and anxieties quieted down, and he spoke the words recorded in the verse above.
He says “ although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines….Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:18-19, KJV ). After He heard from God, he knew he was more secure than he initially thought. He discovered there was no need to be afraid of the Assyrians, because even if they destroy all the fig trees in Israel, the LORD, the God of Israel, can still feed the entire nation without their farms! He had done it before.
This is a profound lesson for us. The blossoming of the fig tree fro Habakkuk represented their harvest and daily provisions.Your fig tree might be your health, finances, relationships, spiritual life, etc. Even if every natural hope is gone, the LORD our God is not limited by the natural. We have heard testimonies of barren women in menopause giving birth to children. There are others who did not even have a uterus( womb) and they gave also birth to babies. You see, the fig tree might not blossom, but that does not mean your hope is gone. “There shall be nothing impossible with God,” and “nothing is impossible to him that believeth.”
Rejoice in the Lord, with Habbakuk. It is not a denial of your situation. It is faith in the God of wonders!
What do you think Habakkuk found out that made his prayers change from complaining to praise and joy?
APPLY THE WORD
When the fig tree does not blossom in your life, you do not let your hope shrivel with the tree. Your hope is not in the economy, the president, medical science or that connection you have in some high place. Your hope is in the Lord. Do not, therefore, let the withering fig tree wither your joy away. Respond in faith. Respond in joy, rejoicing over what the Lord will do!
Thank the Lord for always being there as a solid Rock upon which we stand.