Three Ways to Fight for Joy

This past week during College Hour, we talked about Habakkuk. We’re coming to an end of a series called “At War With God” which has taken a look at the stories of Jacob, Job, Habakkuk, and this coming Sunday, Paul. Each of these men took God to task over some issue.

The focus for us became Habakkuk 3:17-18:

        Though the fig tree should not blossom,
                nor fruit be on the vines,
         the produce of the olive fail
                and the fields yield no food,
         the flock be cut off from the fold
                and there be no herd in the stalls,
        yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
                fI will take joy in the God of my salvation.

It’s critical for us to observe this. Why? Because at some point in your day, or in your life, you’re going to face trouble.

You may not have any money in the bank.
You may experience tremendous heart-break.
The health of your parents may fail them, and your’e left alone.
Your marriage may be on the ropes with nowhere to turn.
You have multiple miscarriages.

The list goes on and on… the question we asked our students was simply this: what grounds you? Our hope is that JOY in GOD is what is grounding us.

We then shared three simple ways to fight for our joy in God:

  1. 1. Immerse Yourself in the Scriptures

        
We must allow the words of God to enter our thoughts, our minds, and our hearts when some type of tri`al is occurring. Why? The only authoritative words are the Words of Christ. And if you haven’t immersed yourself in the Scriptures, you’re left to your best thoughts, and your best thoughts are juuuuuuuust a bit short of the Words of Christ. I would recommend memorizing Scripture.

  1. 2. Invest Yourself in Praying

It’s no wonder we don’t see God moving in us and our joy depletes – because we’re not taking the time to pray. We all have the same amount of time, the question will be how we use that time. The best investment you can make is to take the time to pray.

3. Involve Yourself in Community

When we are traveling through difficult waters, one of the greatest evidences of God’s grace is community. When I say community, I’m speaking towards the Body of Christ. How does involving yourself in community help you fight for you? These are precisely the people who maybe have walked through similar waters; but mostly, these are the people who will and should come alongside you during these days.

So, fight for joy… it will be a fight of endurance.

  • Absolutely needed. Encouraging and straight forward. I may be out of college but I still need to hear simplicity. Thanks for being awesome Criner. Love the work of you and your family!