Choose Life – “Figgy Pudding From Scratch”– An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – December 18

Scripturey:  Habakkuk 3:17-18   NASB    “Figgy Pudding From Scratch”

“Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”   Habakkuk 3:17 -18


The Israelites lived in an agrarian society.  They depended on the cycles of nature to sustain themselves.  If the harvest didn’t come in, they could starve and die.  That kind of culture naturally tends to trust God more since they depend on nature to live.

I had a great coach in the ninth grade who had been a Marine sergeant.  His favorite phrase was “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  Of course, I don’t know how that applies to farming.  If the crops don’t come in, you can work as hard as you want and you’re still going to die of starvation.  The Dust Bowl farmers that were living during the Great Depression could tell you that.

I remember when I was saved, I was walking on air.  One of my new “brothers” approached me and said, “You know this happiness you have won’t last.”  What a killjoy!  He was right, though. Despite what you have heard on religious TV, God matures us through hardships usually.

When things are going well, it’s easy to trust the Lord.  But how do you do when the “going gets tough”?  Well, I would suggest when that happens, “the tough get going.”  They learn their Bibles and trust the promises.  In fact, today’s verse is a great one to start with!  Start learning it today!



If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application:

Are you going through tough times now?  Yeah, I guess that sentence is known in the writing biz as a rhetorical question.  It has an answer that is already understood.  We all are usually going through some sort of hard time.

Suffering is built into God’s plan for us, “we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Rom. 5:3-5).

All of our fellow Christians experience it, “But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world” (1 Pet. 5:9).

If our verse of the day isn’t enough to encourage you, here’s one from the New Testament, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).

Suffering in this life is normal.  That’s why we look forward to the next one!


The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:   Getting Trumped

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