Scripture: Habakkuk 3:17-18
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, cheap though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, ampoule though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, prostate yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Thought for the Day: Inner peace does not depend on outward prosperity. The economy may be in the dumps, the banks may be hoarding money, nations may be rattling the swords of war at each other, but I still rejoice in God. I still find peace by focusing my attention on God’s commandments, and by living the life exemplified by Jesus to the best of my ability.
Love my neighbor. Love God. Be compassionate and just to others. These are the things that bring inner peace—not a good day in the market (because there will also be bad days in the market), not the best sale of my life (because there will always be days when nothing sells). Nothing brings me peace but a real relationship with God, who calms my soul and reminds me that life is about more than the material.
Prayer: Even when my cupboards are bare, Holy Lord, I am filled with the joy of your Spirit, which nourishes my mind, body and soul. Amen.