My ‘High Places’

“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 will I exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.

The Lord God is my strength and He has made y feet like hinds’ feet,

And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19 (emphasis mine)


Why “my” high places — not “His”?

Each of us has a path God established for us. You have “high places.” I have mine.

Our challenges, our successes — those summits we strive to reach — are individual to each of us.

Regardless of the evil all around us today — the enemy without and within — despite despair in the world, we are to rejoice in God and His ultimate victory.

Yes, we are to know and beware all this and yet “give thanks” that His hand is almighty, His power limitless, and His plan for each believer “perfect,” our “high place” established.

God told Habakkuk that He had raised up the Chaldeans, an evil force. He also raised up Nebuchadnezzar at another time to come against Israel who had abandoned Him.

He said, “Wicked men trust themselves alone but the righteous man trusts in Me and lives.” — Hab. 2:4 (emphasis mine)

Note “men” outnumber “man.” More are wicked than righteous. History is repeating itself before our eyes.

And yet “Though the fig tree should not blossom…”

Take courage and “exult the Lord.”


Author: markalanleslie

Beginning with my first book, "Midnight Rider for the Morning Star," based on the life and times of Francis Asbury, America's first circuit-riding preacher, I have written three historical Christian novels with another one the way in late 2021, four contemporary geopolitical adventures, an end-times thriller, a devotional, a self-help book for people who have lost their jobs, and two books filled with the best of my interviews with numerous icons of the golf world. I have spoken at Maine's State House, conferences, numerous churches, schools and camp meetings as well as national golf conferences from Florida to California. Having won six national writing awards, I am most proud of my novels: Midnight Rider for the Morning Star (2007) True North: Tice's Story (2013) Chasing the Music (2016) The Crossing (2017) The Three Sixes (2017) The Last Aliyah (2018) Jeremiah's Jar (2018) Torn Asunder (2020) A Cause Most Splendid (2021) My e-books include: Putting a Little Spin on It: The Design's the Thing! Putting a Little Spin on It: The Grooming's the Thing! Fired? Get Fired Up! Walks with God Join me on my web site:

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