Denomination: Holiness. Habbakuk I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. Luke Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. The thing I'm most afraid of… is being alone, which I think a lot of performers fear.
It's why we seek the limelight - so we're not alone, were adored. We're loved, so people want to be around us. The fear of being alone drives my life. If you want to hear him speak audibly, read it out loud. Get the Bible and read it. Not to cover material, but to know the Author. Read it when you don't feel like you need guidance. When you do, you'll receive guidance from the Lord.
The Bible is full of God revealing himself to people in a huge variety of ways. He wrote it. If you feel like he's telling you to leave your wife, break a law, disobey a spiritual leader, dishonor your parents, etc etc. I think writing things down is the most lost form of self-expression. I'm not traditionally a journal person, but writing down impressions of things to pray about.
Some of my best messages have come during prayer. I grabbed a piece of paper, and start scribbling as fast as I can. Eugene H. Peterson paraphrases the first verses of this poetic description this way:. In majestic terms, God is described as coming down near Sinai, displaying His splendor and glory verses The plagues are His plagues, going before Him and behind Him verse 5. Verse 8 appears to refer to the parting of the Red Sea and then the Jordan. Verse 11 seems to refer to the days of Joshua, when God caused the sun to stand still Joshua God triumphed over the nations, bringing judgment upon them verse 12 , while at the same time He was saving His people verse 13a.
God triumphed over men and nature. Fierce and powerful though the Babylonians might be, God would first use them and then judge them, in His good time. I heard and my inward parts trembled, At the sound my lips quivered. Decay enters my bones, And in my place I tremble.
His stomach churns; his knees buckle so to speak. He appears to collapse in worship and submission to the will of God. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments Habakkuk , NAU. We could certainly paraphrase these thoughts in more contemporary terms, since most of us do not measure our well-being in terms of figs, fruit, and flocks.
We might say,. Though the Social Security fund is depleted, Though the stock market crashes, Though my insurance company goes bankrupt and my IRA account vaporizes; Though I lose my job or my business fails, I will rejoice because of the Lord. Though vine nor fig tree neither Their wonted fruits should bear, Though all the fields should wither, Nor flocks nor herds be there; Yet, God the same abiding, His praise shall tune my voice; For, while in him confiding, I cannot but rejoice.
These final words of Habakkuk remind me of the closing words of the psalm of Asaph in Psalm I desire no one but you on earth. Those far from you die; you destroy everyone who is unfaithful to you. I have made the sovereign Lord my shelter, as I declare all the things you have done Psalm When God brought judgment upon Judah, Habakkuk could still rejoice, for his hope and faith and joy were in God, in God alone. In His time, God would deliver the righteous and fulfill His covenant promises. Until then, God was the source of His strength, strength which would sustain him in the dark days ahead.
A humbled Habakkuk now realized that it was God who lifted him up and gave him sure footing in hard times.
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Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them Hebrews But others were tortured, not accepting release, to obtain resurrection to a better life. What happened to Habakkuk between chapter 1 and chapter 3? We must first point out that this change was not instant, but the result of a process, a somewhat painful process. Habakkuk did not understand what God was doing.
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He was angry with God for apparently failing to deal with the sins of His people. He could not understand how God could use the Chaldeans to judge the people of Judah. Through a sequence of events, God changed the heart of Habakkuk. Habakkuk had been looking at his circumstances and even His God through the eyes of man.
The change came when he viewed himself and his circumstances from a divine perspective. He was wrong! God was already at work, raising up the Babylonians as His chastening rod. They would bring swift and strong justice by punishing the people of Judah. When God revealed what He was about to do, Habakkuk protested that the Chaldeans were not the ones to be bringing judgment upon the people of God.
Habakkuk felt that the people of Judah were more righteous than the Chaldeans. God did not take any sin lightly. Eventually, He would judge the Babylonians for their sins, just as He was about to judge the people of Judah and Jerusalem for their sins. If it is true that judgment is proportional to the degree of revelation one has received and it surely is , then the people of Judah were even more culpable than the Babylonians.
They were well aware of the judgment God had brought upon the northern kingdom of Israel, and yet they persisted in the very sins for which the Babylonians would eventually be judged. It is my opinion that as God pronounced woes upon the wicked in chapter 2, it dawned upon Habakkuk that he was at least guilty of pride, which God despised. Judah was no better than the Babylonians. I believe Habakkuk began to think beyond his own times, and as he did so, he remembered that God had promised to use the surrounding nations to discipline His disobedient people.
It was not God who was wrong; it was Judah, and even their prophet, Habakkuk. God had previously judged His people, but He had also preserved a remnant; He had always accomplished their salvation. So He would do once again. God is sovereign, in complete control of all things, including every event in human history. Nothing happens that catches God by surprise. Nothing happens that is outside His control. I do know this with great certainty:. History follows a divine plan. History has a goal toward which God is moving it.
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When men sin and when wicked men cause others great pain and agony, they do so out of the corruption and evil of their own hearts. Nevertheless, God has purposed to incorporate the sinful acts of men into His eternal plan, to accomplish His purposes in a way that brings Him glory see Romans , cited earlier. God does have a plan, but it often does not appear so to us. God is at work, though we may not recognize it as such. Who would ever have believed that God was going to save sinners by sending His Son to this world, to be rejected by sinners, who would crucify Him as a criminal on a hill outside Jerusalem?
God employs the deeds of wicked men to further His purposes. This does not mean that God approves of sin.
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God will ultimately punish the wicked for their sin. But what a reassuring truth it is to know that the wicked deeds of men cannot thwart the purposes of God; indeed these very deeds are ordained of God to fulfill His plans and promises. God is not limited to using the obedient deeds of faithful saints. If He were, we would be in a great deal of trouble. Nothing can keep us from the love of God toward His saints — nothing see Romans History follows a divine timetable.
God is not in any hurry, though we often are. Divine delays are not an indication of His lack of concern or resolve, but of His mercy:. For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation. Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the heavenly bodies will melt away in a blaze! Abram was told he was to become a father of a great nation, but he and Sarah did not have a son for 25 years.
He was told he was going to possess the Land of Canaan, but he had to buy a burial place for his family from the Canaanites. God chose to give us eternal life through the death of His Son. Who can ever anticipate how God will accomplish His purposes? The righteous must live by faith. Since we cannot anticipate how God will accomplish His purposes and promises, and since we most often cannot understand what He is doing, we are obligated to live by faith, if we are looking to Him for salvation.
We should not leave the Book of Habakkuk without remembering the impact this book had on Martin Luther. The words of Habakkuk struck Luther as the key to his problem, but it was some time before he grasped that his sins were forgiven by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, apart from any works of his own. Having come to faith in Jesus Christ by faith, apart from human works, Luther not only grasped the glorious truth of Habakkuk , but he rejoiced in the greatness of the God in whom he came to trust.
He was then delivered from his fear of divine judgment and able to pen the words of this great hymn:.