is always a word that merits reading in times of serious trouble:
Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines,
Though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
Yet, I will triumph in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation (Hab. 3: 17,18, HCSB).
In an agricultural nation such as Israel, crops and animals meant survival. But to the writer, there was a greater source of assurance than these basics. He rejoiced in the Lord in spite of lean times because he knew that God controlled all things and these matters could be safely placed in His hands! Do you do the same when all else seems scarce and threatening?