Sometimes I find myself asking the question, “why is good news so hard to come by these days?”

It seems that good news doesn’t sell. Newspapers, social media, and other media outlets are constantly pushing out negativity.

It seems like every post we scroll by, and every channel we flip through reminds us that there are many things to fear. It weighs us down.

It is in times like these that I think it is so important to look to Scripture for help. There are so many instances in Scripture where people had reasons to fear. However, over and over in the Bible, we see people choose to hope during these circumstances.

Take, for example, the prophet Habakkuk.  

In the last few verses of Habakkuk 3, the prophet describes a situation that looks grim and hopeless. However, he chooses hope and joy during the struggle. He says:

“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; 

I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength; 

He makes my feet like the deer’s; 

He makes me tread on my high places.” 

~ Habakkuk 3:17–19

There is so much trust exhibited here as the prophet describes what he sees, but says, “yet I will rejoice.”

He recalls the faithfulness and goodness of God, and he has reason to have joy.

YOU have a reason to rejoice. If you have breath in your lungs, God is not done with you.

Things may look grim and tense, but there is so much for which we can be thankful. There is so much joy to be found in the God who is our strength.

Let us rejoice today because He is our salvation.

We can trust Him.