Inspired by Generation Cedar as she looks to Nehemiah; Habakkuk came to my mind. Reading the Old Testament prophets who were so burdened by the sin in their nations provides a deeply satisfying context for our own anxiety, righteous anger, and confusion that many of us are feeling today.

The elections in the United States adds additional chaos to the unstable economy, the delicate balance of nations, the wars, the nuclear threats, and heaven-only-knows the other threats to security and safety of which we do not have high enough clearance to be told.

Are you asking, “Has the world gone crazy?”

Habakkuk was searching for answers as well. It was the late 600’s B.C. and he could not imagine that God seemed to be ignoring the injustices, violence and pervasive wickedness.

The prophet cried out to God,

Why are you ignoring the righteous?

Why are you letting this happen?

Why don’t you DO something?

Sound familiar? Are these your thoughts? Have you asked these questions? God seems to respond in silence as uncertainty and anxiety escalates, doesn’t He?  Habakkuk thought so too.

However, in verse 5 & 6, God does answer but not with the answer Habakkuk desired.

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days– You would not believe if you were told.

For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans . . .

To an astonished, faithful prophet; God answered Habakkuk’s fervent appeal  — not promising a revival in the land but wrathful judgement by the hands of “fierce and impetuous people . . . who are dreaded and feared . . .”

Please know, I don’t pretend to have some inside track to what God is going to do in our Land & in our day. I am not suggesting that God is going to send His wrath instead of a sweeping revival.  What comforts me is {God’s reminder and promise of divine favor to His People.}

God does not forget them, He does not want to harm them; in fact, the Chaldeans, God’s instrument of judgement, will also be destroyed becausee they are an evil people who God also judged to be guilty.

God tells Habakkuk to record this vision:

For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. (verse 2:3)

My study notes indicate that the prophecy had lasting relevance and thus had to be preserved. Although a period of time would occur before its fulfillment, all were to know that it would occur at God’s appointed time. The Chaldeans (Babylon) fell to the Medo-Persian kingdom of Cyrus in 539 B.C.

I cannot imagine a conversation with God, promising an imminent, harsh judgement in the form of an invasion of wicked people. God continues:

Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.

Here is the beautiful balance provided by a loving God: a glimmer of HOPE and its requirements:

“the righteous will live by his faith”

 

These 7 words are the precious jewels to be mined and claimed from Habakkuk. The righteous “will live”. How? by the continuity of faith. Not the one time act of faith but a way of life, faith. The true believer, declared righteous by God, will persevere in faith as the pattern of his life. (MacArthur, study notes)

To be continued . . .

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