Are You a Fair Weather Friend?

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!”Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NLT)

Being tagged a “fair weather friend” is no compliment. A “fair weather friend” is one that will spend time with you when times are good, but when times get tough the “fair weather friend” is nowhere to be found.

Some people are like that with God. When life is good they joyfully sing praise to Him or are faithful to pray and attend church. But when times get tough, the “fair weather follower” will let their circumstances negatively impact ways they could and should be connecting with God.

Habakkuk wrote a song to God found in today’s passage of scripture, and in it wanted God to know that his love for God was not based on his circumstances. Habakkuk declared that even though times might get bad on multiple fronts, he would rejoice and be joyful. He wanted God to know he was not going to be a fair weather follower.

How about you? Is your relationship with God just as solid in the good times as they are in bad times? Is your trust that God knows what He is doing and is in control dependent on everything going according to your plans? Why not do like Habakkuk and declare to the Lord and yourself that you will joyfully follow after Him despite the circumstances of life.

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