Yet and Nevertheless

[Y]et will I hope in him.
       —Job 13:15

Norman turns every positive into a negative with, “Yeah, but . . .”

“Isn’t this weather gorgeous?”
“Yeah, but it won’t last.”

“Hear you got a raise.”
“Yeah, but inflation and taxes will eat it up.”

Norman finds a worm in every apple.

Habakkuk was the opposite. His nation was in chaos; the economy was in the tank: no fruit on the trees, no grapes on the vines, no sheep in the pens, no cattle in the stalls (Hb 3:17).

“Yet,” said Habakkuk—his three-letter word for turning negatives into positives—“Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Hb 3:18).

Theologian Karl Barth called joy a “defiant nevertheless.” Problems are inevitable—nevertheless, you have a yet that turns negatives into positives.

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