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Habakkuk 3

DAILY DEVOTION

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 21

 
SCRIPTURE: Habakkuk 3
Author:  Jeremy Witt

Remember from yesterday that God responded after Habakkuk had been expectantly watching and waiting for God’s response.  Let’s also point out that we are not told how long Habakkuk asked or complained to God, and how long he waited.  We just know that Habakkuk waited expectantly as the watchmen (2:1).  We must not assume that God’s response was immediate, which is our desire. 

As we begin our concluding chapter, notice how Habakkuk responds in verse 1.  He sang a song of praise to the LORD and said, “See what God has done” and ask God to do it again.  Chapter 3 is the big perspective shift that took place in Habakkuk’s life.  This is what happens when we seek God, wait for God, listen for God, and hear from Him.  We are changed. 

Habakkuk sings a song of praise reminding himself and those in Judah what the LORD has done.  He has brought salvation to the Israelite people.  Those who did evil were punished.  Those who doubted God was disciplined. 

V2-I have heard about you and I fear.  Do what you have done in the past.  Be merciful to us. 

Habakkuk understood Judah’s sin, and he knew that God would discipline Judah, so he prayed for God to “remember mercy.” (NASB)

V3-9--God is moving across the Sinai peninsula and the earth is filled with His praise.  Remember what happened in Egypt with the plagues and wandering through the wilderness for 40 years to punish those who doubted God’s plan.  Remember how God dealt with the Egyptians at the Red Sea

V11-This is referring to the day the sun stood still so that Joshua could defeat their enemies in battle.  (Joshua 10:12, Psalm 18:14) 

V12-15 Habakkuk reminds the people of the things that the LORD has done.  We need to remember these things that God has done personally in our lives, but also as a nation.  When we forget to remind ourselves and the next generation, we get circumstances like we have today.  We have a nation today who does not know what the LORD has done.  Let’s make this more personal.  Have you told your family what the LORD has done in your own life?  Include the good along with the bad so that they may know that God disciplines those who are His. 

In verses 16-19, Habakkuk becomes more personal.  He speaks of his own fear and weakness.  He speaks of famine and drought that would impact Judah.  But he says in verses 18 and 19, “I will rejoice in the LORD!  I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!  The Sovereign Lord is my strength!  He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.” 

Does that sound familiar to anyone else in Scripture?  It reminds me of David and also Job.  It shows how Habakkuk who was upset at the beginning is now praising God despite knowing what is coming for his people and nation.  Will you praise God regardless of the outcome of the election?  Will you trust Him?  Will you rely on Him when the news media aren’t trustworthy?  Will you rely on Him when things get difficult? 

Habakkuk is one of my favorites because the message is so applicable to us today.  Will I be faithful?  Will I remain true to the LORD even in the silence?  Will I trust in Him when all seems lost?  Will I wait patiently and expectantly for God to speak? 

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Habakkuk chapter 2

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

 
SCRIPTURE: Habakkuk 2
Author:  Jeremy Witt

 

In verse one, Habakkuk is watching and waiting for the LORD’s response as a watchman on the watchtower.  This shows us the expectation of Habakkuk that the LORD would reply.  I immediately think of the times that I have asked of the LORD, but I did not adequately wait for an answer.  I did not have an attitude of expectation as Habakkuk did.  How many of us have done as I have done and missed God’s reply?  Most of those who are atheists/agnostics have had a bad experience.  I wonder if we (the Church) had demonstrated a proper example and attitude of expectant waiting on the LORD how things might be different.

In verse two and following, God responds to Habakkuk’s complaints or laments.  Remember those complaints were:  How long would evil win?  How could God use an evil country like Babylon to punish Judah?  I think that we can relate to Habakkuk today.  Evil and injustice seem to be everywhere.  Those who are striving to be Godly seem to be punished or persecuted (this is only beginning in America but rampant throughout the world).  God’s answer to Habakkuk is the same one for us today. 

In verse three, God declares “in the appointed time” that “it will not fail”, and “it will not delay” (NASB).  For those of you with a mind more similar to mine, let’s read this in the NLT version.  “This vision is for a future time.  It described the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.”  (v3)  Here is the ultimate application for us.  Be patient.  God knows.  Trust Him even when it doesn’t make sense. Romans 1:17; and Hebrews 10:35-38 remind us to trust in God and to live by faith.  Go to verse 4 and compare the proud and the righteous.  Whom are we trusting in?  Ourselves or in our God? 

Notice in verses 6, 9, 12, 15, and 19 what is said.  In the NASB it says, “woe to him” and in the NLT, it says, “what sorrow awaits”.  God is telling Habakkuk that He sees the evil and judgment is coming.  Woe is coming!  Trust me, I see it, and I will deal with it is the promise God gives Habakkuk and to the faithful. 

Let’s break down those woes.  God sees those who steal (6), God sees the greed (9), God sees the corruption and evil (12), God sees the drunkenness and sin (15), and God sees the idolatry (19) of those making idols and worshipping them.  We know this in our heads that God sees, but in our hearts when we are suffering, when we see evil and experience it firsthand when we are being disciplined for our sins, our natural reaction is to point at others and say, “what about them?”  God's answer is that He sees and will take care of it. 

God knows what those in power are doing far greater than we do.  God knows the lies that we are being told far greater than we do.  God sees what their lies are doing to innocent people.  God sees their greed and power that are being used against us and nations.  God sees the evil.  God sees their sins.  Remember that God is gracious and that Jesus died “once for all, the just and the unjust.”  (1 Peter 3:18)  Yes, that includes you and me, but it also includes those in power, those who are greedy, and the liars.  He gives everyone a chance to know Him personally.  Our job is to tell people of the Gospel.  It is God’s job to save.  But their time (our time) is limited and justice is coming.  Our role while we wait for justice is to trust the LORD.  Our role is to be faithful. 

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