To Ponder:

The import of the whole is this: “Though neither the figs, nor the vines, nor the olives, produce any fruit, and though the field be barren, though no food be given, yet I will rejoice in my God;” that is, our joy shall not depend on outward prosperity; for though the Lord may afflict us in an extreme degree, there will yet be always some consolation to sustain our minds…for we are fully persuaded, that our salvation is in God’s hand, and that He is its faithful guardian. We shall, therefore, rest quietly, though heaven and earth were rolled together, and all places were full of confusion; yea, though God fulminated from heaven, we shall yet be in a tranquil state of mind, looking for His [gracious] salvation…We may hence gather a most useful doctrine: that whenever signs of God’s wrath meet us in outward things, this remedy remains to us: to consider what God is to us inwardly; for the inward joy, which faith brings to us, can overcome all fears, terrors, sorrows, and anxieties…[Let us] not estimate His love by external things, but strengthen [ourselves] by embracing the promise of His mercy. John Calvin, Commentary on
Habakkuk 3

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