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Today's Daily Devotional Excerpt

When All You Have Is Stripped Away, Rejoice!
“Our Joy in Barrenness Unleashes God's Strength”

“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be on the vines; the labor 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: yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength…and he will make me to walk upon high places.”

Featured Scripture: Habakkuk 3:17–19
Background Scripture: Habakkuk 3

It is in our poverty and hardship that our worship and praise to God must sound sweetest to Him. When all seems lost and earthly ruin is all around us, we must rejoice. The prayer of the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk may seem out of place in a world where people measure God’s blessings by earthly prosperity, power, and privilege. more »

Our Prayer: Lord, when the chips are down, when our lives seem stripped of all joy, help us to rejoice in You. You are worthy of praise in all of life’s situations and circumstances. We rely on You alone and place every day and moment in Your hands. From our own barrenness, we praise You and lift our voices to You. Make us to be reborn and walk in the high places through Your grace and blessing. Amen.
Tomorrow's Devotional: Anxious About Provisions

Foreward by Joe Turnham

Throughout generations people have combed the Holy Scriptures in search of meaning, purpose, solace and forgiveness. Its words give us new understanding of creation, history, prophecy and revelation: therein, we find the promise of the soul’s salvation.

But my own burden and calling that led me to the writing of this book, Leading From Our Knees, revealed to me that the Holy Scriptures are also the ultimate collection of timeless leadership precepts. From Genesis to Revelation we encounter those many reluctant and imperfect characters that God chose to become leaders for holy tasks. God worked His providence and purpose through each of them and bids you also as a leader in this time to become a partner in building the Kingdom of God. read more »