Have you ever gone to Google Maps and zoomed in on your destination or point of interest? What happened? Everything surrounding that point went out of the field of your vision. You could only see so much in that square, right? The same is true when it comes to the trials and tribulations we face. When God is the center of our lives, everything else, good or bad, revolves around Him. If we “zoom in” on Him, like we would do with a point in Google Maps, the rest of that stuff is removed from our spiritual line of sight.
In Habakkuk 3:17-19, the prophet tells us, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour 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 my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon my high places.”
When we rejoice in the Lord, it’s like “zooming in” on God on the Google Map. Rejoicing in God is a choice, an act of our will. The same way we click on and move the bar that allows us to zoom in on our point of interest on the map, we can choose to “click” in our spirits and “zoom in” on God. We can rejoice in Him.
What can we rejoice about in God?
- He is the God of our salvation. Through the blood of Jesus, He saved us and allows us to have access to all that He is. Salvation means wholeness and soundness in every area of our lives. When we let the Holy Spirit have His way. Wholeness and soundness is the inevitable result. We can rejoice in Him because He simply is a wonderful person to know.
- He gives us strength. When we find our joy in Him, we will be strengthened. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Therefore, if you “zoom in” on God, you will find the supernatural strength to overcome in the face of overwhelming situations.
- Spiritual growth is taking place. Difficulties allow God to be able to take us to new spiritual levels that enrich our lives (James 2:1). Habakkuk 3:19 says, “He will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Through the trials and tribulations we face, we are developing patience and endurance. We are able to operate on higher spiritual planes. As a result, we become more stable Christians able to maintain our peace and joy in the adverse circumstances.
So the next time everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, “zoom in” on God and allow the negative circumstances to be forced out of your line of spiritual sight. Stare at God, not your circumstances. You will find you will receive supernatural strength, joy and peace that will surprise you. God will take you to new spiritual heights that will bless you and allow you to ultimately be a blessing to those around you when God uses you to display His power to the world.