Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law, he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1, 2
We don’t typically think of fig trees as part of our everyday lives, but for purposes of this discussion, I want to share a bit about the fig tree. They produce fruit year-round and are an important food source for not only man but animals as well. The flower of the fig tree is actually hidden inside the fruit. And speaking of the fruit, figs are rich in fiber: Figs are a good source of soluble fiber, and rich in Vitamins A, B1 and B2, manganese and potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, and phosphorus.
Think about the things in your life that provide sustenance for you all year round. Your income, your family ties, your friendships, your hobbies. Should any of that fail – you lose your income, your relationships, the ability to enjoy life as you know it – Habakkuk encourages you to still rejoice, still keep moving forward, still believe.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes 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 stall, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19 (NIV)