When God Seems Unfair – Habakkuk 2

Suppose you lose your job because a person who “has it in for you” misrepresents something you have done. Why did God allow this bad person to succeed?  Suppose you experience some great disappointment—the death of a child or spouse, the breakup of a marriage or an engagement, a failure to get into school. Doesn’t God care? You are not perfect, but why should someone who is not even a believer have it good while you lose out?

When we face problems like this, how we respond is critical.  When things go wrong, some people tend to withdraw. They stop going to church or serving, then isolate themselves until “things get better.”  Others conclude that they must have been wrong about God and renounce all belief in him.  Both are common but not helpful. 

How should we deal with problems that shake our faith?  The book of Habakkuk shows us how.  In chapter 1 we see Habakkuk questioning and wrestling with God.  It is ok to have faith and still have questions, this is healthy.   God is there and in our struggle we are drawn closer to Him.  He responds when we question.

In Chapter 2 we see Habakkuk waiting.  What should we do in these times we are waiting for God’s answer?

WAITING PATIENTLY (2:1)

Habakkuk says he says he will “stand at my watch.”   This is a reference to being in watchtower, which built on the walls of the city from which a watchman could keep a sharp eye out for an enemy.  A tower provided a new vantage point.  So when Habakkuk says that he is going to stand at his watch and station himself on the ramparts, he is saying, “I have been down on the ground my problem and have not been able to solve it. Now I am going to leave it with God and wait.”

The prophet had lodged his complaints. He had pleaded with God for answers to the burning questions of his heart. Now, he knew that he must wait. But he would not wait idly by, nor would he be impatient. He set his heart and mind to stand watch. He determined to be diligent and purposeful, to focus his whole existence on listening for the voice of the Lord. Like a guard or sentinel, he would watch for God’s answer and not abandon his post until it came.

*Image: Habakkuk retreated to one of the mountaintop stations from which guards watched for the approach of enemy armies. As Habakkuk looked over his own nation’s countryside he was determined to find the reasons why God permitted injustice.  We too need to take time out to meditate and to struggle with life’s important issues.

 

*For Us Today:  We must be patient in prayer. We can be sure that our prayers are heard. But we do not always receive the answers we want, nor do we always receive answers immediately. The Lord responds in His perfect timing and according to His will. Therefore, every child of God needs to wait patiently when seeking answers from the Lord. 

People with little or no faith are impatient. They are not willing to wait. Like an impulsive child, they demand an answer immediately, and if they do not get it, they grow impatient and move on to the next thing. But true faith requires patience, and patience brings about maturity in Christ. Therefore, all believers are called to be patient in prayer. We must wait expectantly for answers and be willing to stand watch. This simply means that we must focus our minds on listening for the voice of God, being prepared and ready to receive His Word. This may require us to change our priorities. We may have to rearrange our schedules to spend more time in God’s Word and in meditation. We may even need to seek new friends or godly counsel. The point is that if we truly want to receive answers from God, we must do whatever it takes to prepare ourselves. We must not only wait for answers but also wait expectantly, in faith. Like Habakkuk, we must be alert and ready to act when the answer comes.

*For Us Today -Expect God to Speak:  Habakkuk says that he “will stand at” his watch and “look to see” what God will say to him.  How do we look for God’s answer? How does God speak? The primary way is through Scripture. Sometimes God directs us by what used to be called “intimations,” deep personal feelings concerning the way we should go. He frequently directs us by what we call “open or closed doors.” That is, God provides an opportunity or takes it away. These things occasionally enter in. Still, the primary (and ultimately the only fully reliable) way of knowing God’s direction or answer to our perplexities is through Scripture. Anyone who has made a habit of reading the Word of God regularly knows how that happens. We have a problem, have been unable to solve it, and have left it with God. It may be that we have even forgotten about it temporarily. But one day we are reading a passage of the Bible and suddenly a verse leaps out at us and we recognize at once that it contains the solution to what has troubled us. It is God’s answer to the problem we previously left with him.

GOD’S ANSWER AND REVELATION (2: 2-3) The Lord answered.” What beautiful words! Imagine the prophet’s emotions at this point in his long conversation with God. He had stood watch and waited expectantly, likely for a very long time. Now, God’s message had finally come and Habakkuk was ready to receive it.

What did the Lord say? God’s first instruction to the prophet was to write down the vision. Habakkuk was to record the Word of God. This was a critical message; therefore, it had to be recorded for all people to read. It had to be preserved for those living both then and now, for the whole human race. People in future ages would need to read and hear about God’s message to all mankind.

These are words that are difficult for some people to accept: “an appointed time.” God told Habakkuk that His plan for dealing with evil—for establishing justice on earth—would be revealed according to God’s timeframe, not Habakkuk’s timeframe nor that of any other human being. This meant that once again the prophet had to wait. God’s vision plan would be fully disclosed and fully accomplished in God’s perfect time.

 God’s message to Habakkuk spoke of “the end” (NIV) (v. 3). This refers to the end of Babylon’s dominance AND to the end times when Christ returns. (He. 10:37-38; 2 Pe. 3:3-13). This verse suggests that God’s revelation—His ultimate plans for Babylon and the last days—is moving toward its end. This did not mean that God’s revelation would be fulfilled quickly or according to Habakkuk’s desired timeframe. It meant that the fulfillment of God’s plans would not be delayed beyond the time He had appointed—not even for a moment. In fact, though the end may seem to be delayed, it will surely come. God’s judgment of evil and His establishment of justice on earth are certainties. They will be accomplished at their appointed time. All of history is moving toward this climactic finish.

*For Us Today:  God commanded Habakkuk and the people to wait. The command was meant for us also—all who read and hear God’s Word today. Again, patience is required. This is because we live between the time of God’s revelation and the complete fulfillment of His revelation. God has promised to execute perfect justice on earth, to bring all things to a perfect end. He has revealed His plans to us through His Word. As believers and ministers of His Word, we cannot wait passively; we must stand watch, be alert, be ready to act. Until that day of fulfillment arrives, we must do everything possible to share God’s revelation—His Word—with the whole world.  See also: (Mt. 24:44).  (Mk. 13:35). (Js. 5:8).  (Re. 3:11).“ (Re. 22:7, 20).

TWO PATHS (2: 4-5)

The life of faith mentioned in this key verse is only one of two distinct paths.  One is the way of faith. The other is the way of “un-faith” or unbelief.  the greater part of this verse deals with the unbeliever. It begins, “See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright…(NIV)” Then there is a dash, followed by “but the righteous will live by his faith” (NIV), followed by another dash. Then the passage continues, talking about the unbeliever. (vv. 4-5).

The way of the righteous is the way of faith in God. The way of the unbeliever is the way of rejecting God. The first submits to God and trusts God. The second submits to no one. The person who chooses the second way is arrogant. He says, “I can take care of myself. I can do without God.” The bulk of this chapter shows the course and dismal end of the ungodly.

 A.  The Righteous Path (2:4)

We have an easy way of approaching this verse, because the places where it is quoted in the New Testament (In Romans (Rom. 1:16-17), in Galatians (Gal. 3:10-11), and in Hebrews (Heb. 10:37-39). are explanations of the three main parts of the verse. In the original language, the Hebrew says:

  1. the justified man” (Who is he? What is justification?) Romans is our commentary on the being justified.
  2. And “by his faith” (What is faith? How does it function?)  Hebrews is our commentary on faith.
  3. will live” (What is the Christian life? How does one live before God?). Galatians is our commentary on the Christian life.

 We turn to these books to understand what Habakkuk 2:4 means. 

 *For Us Today:

What does it mean to be Righteous or Just? The revelation to Habakkuk shows us that a person can be righteous (or justified) before God. In ourselves we are not righteous, instead being righteous we are sinners and therefore under God’s just wrath and condemnation. How can a person who is a sinner and under God’s condemnation attain righteousness? How can one become perfect? The answer is that nobody can attain to righteousness. No one is capable of perfect goodness.

How do we get it then? It is God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ. This is what Romans explains. It shows that the justified person is the one who has ceased trying to please God by his own efforts and who has turned to Jesus instead for the righteousness that God gives freely. This is what it means to be a Christian. It means to stop trying to attain heaven by our own good works and instead to receive what God has done for us in Christ. The foundation of our Christian life is not what we can do for God but what God has done for us. Therefore, the entrance into that life is not by working but by receiving. It is opening our hands to God’s gift. Paul speaks of this by saying at the very beginning of Romans, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (Rom. 1:16-17).

How do we receive God’s gift? The answer is found in the second word in Habakkuk 2:4: “by faith.” The Book of Hebrews is the New Testament commentary on it. What is faith? According to Hebrews, particularly Hebrews 11, faith is believing God and acting upon that belief. In the long list of the heroes of the faith in chapter 11, each is shown to have done something as an expression of belief. Abel believed God and offered a better sacrifice than Cain did (v. 4). Enoch believed God and pleased him by his long and faithful life (v. 5). Noah believed God and built an ark to the saving of his family (v. 7). Abraham, the author’s chief example, did four things. He believed God and obeyed him in setting out for the Promised Land; he made his home in the land like a stranger in a foreign country; he was enabled to become a father in the engendering of Isaac; later he offered Isaac as a sacrifice at God’s command (vv. 8-9, 11, 17). Isaac believed God and blessed Jacob and Esau according to God’s direction (v. 20). Jacob believed God and blessed Joseph’s sons (v. 21). The list goes on, in each case showing how faith expressed itself in activity.

It is important to stress faith’s action, because we have a definition of faith in our day that reduces it to mere intellectual assent and that is therefore far less than what the Bible means by belief. We can meet somebody on the street today and say to him, “Do you believe in God?” and have the person answer, “Of course I do. What do you think I am, an atheist?” He does not want to be an atheist, so he believes in God. But this does not necessarily mean that he is a Christian or that this faith makes any difference in his life. Belief includes intellectual assent. We must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who diligently seek him (Heb. 11:6). But faith is more than this. In salvation matters, it means trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who died in our place and thus also turning from sin to follow him.

How Do We Live?  This commitment carries on throughout life, which is what the third word in Habakkuk 2:4 is all about. The word does not say that the righteous shall begin by faith and then proceed on some other principle. It does not say that the righteous shall draw on faith from time to time as faith is needed. It says “the righteous will live [continuously] by his faith.” That is, the righteous will operate on this principle twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year—so long as life lasts.

The Book of Galatians stresses this principle. Paul uses Habakkuk 2:4 to challenge living by the law. He says, “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.'” (Gal. 3:10-11). The only way to live is to “live by faith.” This world may crumble about our ears. All that we know and love may vanish. “But the righteous will live by his faith.” He will live by faith in the one who keeps us, not only in the moment of our initial belief in Jesus Christ as Savior, but in every later moment of life as well.

B. The Unbeliever’s Path (2:4-5)

 After having declared how the righteous are to live, the Lord further described the sins and lifestyles of the unrighteous, the self-sufficient. This list of sins, like God’s message itself, was brief but remarkably complete. These sins described first the Babylonians, but were true for most of Judah and Israel as well. In addition, the sins exposed the corruption of the people’s hearts and lifestyles. Note the sins of the self-sufficient: they are deceived and betrayed by…

  • drunkenness (wine)
  • arrogance
  • restlessness
  • greed and dissatisfaction
  • war and slavery

First, wine is said to betray the self-sufficient. However, wine is only one example. The abuse of any substance has the same effect. The self-sufficient seek to satisfy the lusts of their flesh in any way they can. They live only for themselves. They care more about their own pleasure and satisfaction than they do about the needs of others.  The use of the word wine also implied intoxication and drunkenness, not just selfishness. The Babylonians were known for their drunken celebrations and debauchery (see Da. 5). Elsewhere in the Old Testament, the abuse of wine was associated with carelessness, arrogance, injustice, and unrighteousness (actually, the loss or forfeiting of righteousness—see Pr. 31:4-7; Is. 5:11-12, 22-23; Am. 6:6).) The abuse of wine leads quickly to all sorts of additional sins and unrighteous behavior. Drunkenness and the abuse of any substance are expressly forbidden by God’s Word. Most of us living today know the pitfalls all too well, and we see the tragic effects of alcohol and drug abuse throughout our communities and cities—perhaps even in our own families. People under the influence of wine or strong drink are much more inclined to become careless, thoughtless, rowdy or violent, sad or depressed, neglectful of duties, intolerant, abusive, and a number of other things. In truth, being given over to wine or strong drink is closely tied to—and leads to—many, many others sins that are often far worse.

Second, the self-sufficient are arrogant. Their pride is evidenced by the fact that they rely on themselves and not on God. They foolishly believe they can meet all their own needs. They do not consider the fact that they were not born by their own power or will. Their birth was by the creative power of God through the laws of nature and birthright that He established. They do not acknowledge or consider that it was God’s desire for them to be born and to live. They stubbornly reject the idea that they have been created for a purpose—a higher purpose than merely living for themselves on this earth. They deny the truth that they need God and that every breath they breathe is a gift from God. Indeed, Holy Scripture says that every hair on their heads has been counted. To reject God is not only folly, but it is also the epitome of arrogance. It is the ultimate pride.

Third and fourth, the self-sufficient are restless, greedy, dissatisfied and ungrateful. The Babylonians were a good example. They were restless for more and more territory, more and more power, more and more wealth, more and more glory—more of almost everything that cannot satisfy the human soul. They were restless because they were greedy. They never had enough and were never satisfied. Like so many today, they were not grateful for what they already had; therefore, they always wanted more.

The example of Babylon shows just how closely linked ingratitude and dissatisfaction are. People who are not thankful for what they have inevitably become dissatisfied. Then they want more and more. They become greedy. This is the very definition of greed: wanting more than we need, more than we can use, more than we can even enjoy. Like the Babylonians, we frequently seek more of everything we can get our hands on, even to the detriment of others. But note a significant fact: if we want more and more of something, it only proves that the thing—whether wealth, position, power, or any other object of desire—does not satisfy us—that it can never satisfy us. Dissatisfaction in life is proof that we are pursuing the wrong things, proof that we are missing the purpose for our existence. People cannot be satisfied if they are missing the whole point of their lives. Every person alive is created for fellowship with God and for honoring Him and His Son. Therefore, we can never be satisfied if we ignore and reject our Creator. Dissatisfaction is proof that we are ungrateful and that we have failed to find the true meaning of life. In fact, dissatisfaction can only be cured by a grateful heart.

Fifth, the Babylonians chose war and slavery as the means to fulfill their lusts. They set their hearts on conquering and enslaving nations to get the many things they wanted—worldly things such as power, revenge, wealth, land, fame, and world domination. They sought all this and went to war because they were dissatisfied. Nothing they owned or accomplished satisfied the depths of their souls. They always felt the need for more. It was this vain pursuit to satisfy their lusts that continuously drove the leadership to war, but it was an empty and futile pursuit. All of the world’s wealth—its riches, knowledge, wisdom, resources, power, glory, fame and honor—could never satisfy them. Only the Lord can truly satisfy. And only the pursuit of God and His righteousness can satisfy eternally. Christ Himself proclaimed that He alone can meet mankind’s deepest needs:  (Mt. 5:6). (Jn. 4:14).” (Jn. 6:35).

 

FIVE WOES (2:6-20)

In 2:6-20 we find what scholars call a “taunt song.” It is the kind of song that a once-oppressed people might direct against its former oppressor. Often taunt songs begin with the word “woe” or “alas.” In this case, there are five occurrences of the word “woe,” each of which marks a stanza within the song.

1.       Greed – verses 6-8.

Babylon did more than extort a little money here and there. They plundered and ransacked entire nations, robbing them of their wealth. They destroyed and burned entire cities and the areas surrounding them, including all the crops and animals. In this way, they deprived citizens of their livelihood, leaving them with no means to survive. They brought immense suffering to hundreds of thousands of people, including the people of God. Therefore, the Babylonians would be punished accordingly. They would be held completely accountable by the Lord whom they had defied.  All nations and people who rob, plunder, destroy, abuse, and murder others will be judged by the living God, the Lord of all the earth. God warns all thieves and extortionist: they will face a terrifying judgment for their evil deeds.

 *For Us Today:  Greed is a natural but destructive characteristic of the one who will not trust God. If a person trusts God, he does not need to be covetous of more and more material possessions. The Lord is the portion of the righteous. Besides, the Lord amply supplies his need. The Lord Jesus Christ spoke of God’s provision for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field and asked: “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?… Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:30, 33). If a person trusts God, he does not need to acquire more and more possessions, since he knows God will provide what he needs. If he does not trust God, then the need for things becomes a burden. This world is an insecure place, and the individual is insecure within it. So he works to get more and more in the hope that if he only has a little more land or stocks or capital, he may get by.

It does not work. This is what the verses say clearly. For one thing, they talk about “stolen goods” and things acquired “by extortion.” In the beginning, the person who is trying to build security with things probably intends to be quite honest in doing it. But, somehow, what is acquired is never enough, and he therefore finds himself resorting to questionable and eventually to dishonest practices in the quest for more. The verses also talk about this person’s “debtors,” suggesting that a person like this easily overextends himself and eventually falls prey to the collectors. This is quite contemporary. The people of the Western world are more in debt than they have ever been, and many are losing houses or other things to the collectors. Many are going into personal bankruptcy. These facts are testimonies to the truthfulness of God’s Word and proof of what happens when a person or nation rejects God and lives without him.

 2.       Injustice – verses 9-11.

Picture a nobleman in the Babylonian army. He wants to rise to a high position and enjoy its rewards—to have an opulent house and to be secure in it. So he cuts down a forest that belongs to somebody else and from the trees of that forest makes great beams for his home. Then he destroys someone else’s home and takes the beautiful stone blocks it was made of for himself. When he finishes he has a beautiful house, a “nest on high” (v. 9). But everyone who looks at it knows where the stones and beams came from, and his pride and joy become a cause for shame. When the opportunity arises they will see that the nobleman is treated as he treated others.

3.       Violence – verses 12-14.

Babylon was built by bloodshed, the blood of innocent victims. It was built by prisoners of war, slave labor that was exploited to the fullest extent. Babylon was proud of what she had built, but God said it wouldn’t last; it was only fuel for the fire. The city of Babylon was an architectural marvel, but their great projects were for nothing. It’s all gone, and today, if you want to see what Babylon was like, you have to visit a museum.

Many are impressed with the model of the city, marveling that such magnificent walls and gates and buildings could be constructed in those ancient days.  But wonder should be turned to disgust when you realize that the city was built with slave labor and that the soul of one of those slaves meant more to God than all the buildings put together.

 *For Us Today:  In contrast to the shame and infamy of Babylon, God promised that His glory would one day cover the earth (v. 14). The “glory” of Babylon didn’t last, but the glory of the Lord will abide forever. Certainly, the Lord was glorified when Babylon fell before her enemies in 539 B.C. (see Jer. 50-51), and He will be glorified when the Babylon of the last days is destroyed, that final great world empire that opposes God (Rev. 17-18). When Jesus Christ returns and establishes His kingdom, then God’s glory will indeed cover the whole earth (Isa. 11:1-9).

The fall of “Babylon the great” is a reminder to us that what man builds without God can never last. The exploiter will eventually lose everything, and man’s “utopias” will turn out to be disasters. We can’t exploit people made in God’s image and expect to escape God’s judgment. It may take time, but eventually the judgment falls.

 4.       Seduction – verses 15-17.

Babylonians had become intoxicated with their own power and wealth. In addition, they intoxicated other nations with their power in order to manipulate and shame them. They mixed their strong drink with wrath and brutality and revealed the weaknesses of the defenseless people they conquered. However, judgment was coming. The Babylonians would be judged for all their violence and immorality. And the punishment would fit the crime. Because they had exposed (made naked) and shamed their neighbors, they too would be exposed and shamed. Because they had sought their own glory, their glory would be stripped away as well, leaving them covered only with shame and disgrace. They would, in fact, spew and vomit back their strong drink, their wrath and brutality. They would gag on their own crimes and cruel treatment of others:

  •  They would be filled with shame, not glory.
  •  They would have their sin exposed.
  •  They would suffer God’s hand of judgment.
  •  They would be disgraced.

 *For Us Today: Seduction is fairly far along the slippery slope of moral decline that this chapter highlights. We can note the progression. First there is greed. Then there is mild injustice, followed by more serious injustice. Next comes violence. Now there is seduction and perversion. How does this concern the unbeliever’s quest for security?” In this way: trying to find security in things and being disappointed there, the unbeliever now turns to personal relations, hoping to find security through love. But he does not know how to love. He does not know what a true, intimate relationship is. All he can do is seduce another person. So he does! And that which should be a thing of glory becomes shame.

Many view seduction as power. Habakkuk sees it as sin. He says that the one who seduces another becomes a seducer; the one who corrupts, a corrupter. These people have their reward.

 5.       Idolatry – verses 18-20.

The Babylonians were certainly guilty of idolatry and false worship, but so were the people of Judah and Israel. Note their tragic sins:  

  • They created lies.
  •  They trusted in their own lifeless creations.
  •  They cried out to lifeless objects for guidance.

The Babylonians carved images to represent the gods of their own imaginations. They bowed down to the lifeless objects in worship and prayed to them for guidance. They sought their blessings and protection—even for the horrific crimes they committed. The Babylonians should have wondered what kind of god would condone and bless such wicked behavior. Such immoral license should have been proof enough that they were believing and trusting a lie. But in their own minds and reasoning, their so-called gods condoned their lusts. So the people prostrated and degraded themselves before the idols of this world, idols both imagined and created by the human mind.

*For Us Today:  Tragically, people are no different today than they were in Habakkuk’s day. Despite God’s Word and warnings, the ignorance of idolatry is just as prevalent now as it was then. People of every generation, race, creed, and nation still worship the work of their own hands. They place their trust in the creations of their own imagination. Think of all the uncertain and constantly-changing things in which people place their confidence today…

  • modern medicine
  • fitness and health
  • science and technology
  • politics and government
  • strong leaders and allies
  • strong corporations and businesses
  • strong economies
  • stock markets
  • human ingenuity and innovation
  • age-defying products
  • materialism

Think of all the things to which we give our time and money, the things we praise, adore, revere, idolize, and worship. Every one of them is an idol of the modern world…

  • sports and athletes
  • movies and movie stars
  • music and musicians
  • concerts and the arts
  • the rich and the famous
  • successful businesses and entrepreneurs
  • the best schools and education
  • national pride
  • school pride

…the list could go on and on. None of these things is necessarily bad in and of itself. But when we give our first allegiance to anything other than God, that thing becomes an idol. It replaces the importance of God in our lives, capturing the time, attention, and devotion that rightfully belong to the Lord. Think of what an insult it is to God when we replace Him with such trivial passions. None of these things can bring lasting meaning, purpose, fulfillment, or salvation to our lives. Sadly, while people’s souls are at stake, we waste precious time and money pursuing a multitude of things that simply do not matter—they simply do not count in the eternal perspective of things. They are in fact petty in the light of God’s grace. Here’s what  God’s Word says about idolatry:   (Ro. 1:24-25). (Ep. 5:2-6). (1 Jn. 5:21).” (Ex. 20:3-5). (De. 11:16). (Ps. 81:9). (Is. 42:8).

OUR ONE HOPE (v. 20)

There was only one hope for the Babylonians, the same hope that lies before the whole human race: the Lord (v. 20). In absolute contrast to worthless idols and lies, stands the only living and true God, the Lord Himself. He is the Eternal God, the Creator of everything that is or ever has been. Note both the simplicity and the strength of this brief verse:

“But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him” (v. 20).

In comparison to the eternal existence and reality of God, everything else is small and insignificant. This is the awesome sense we feel when we read this verse.

  • The Lord is in His holy temple. God’s presence abides in heaven, above and beyond the earth. In addition—and in spite of all the evil and wickedness in this world—God’s presence is still here among us on earth. This is the most fundamental and significant truth of the universe—that God exists. He not only exists, but He is the ultimate truth and reality, the ruler of all things. He sits on His throne, seeing, knowing, and caring about everything done on earth, for He created it. By His sovereign hand, He governs and oversees the world and everything in it. Even more, the Lord calls us to come to Him, to worship and fellowship with Him.

 

  •  All the people of the earth must come to God and be silent before Him. This statement echoes the words of the Psalmist: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). There is no greater wisdom for our lives. The Babylonians’ only hope, one they certainly did not act on, was to turn to the Lord in repentance. This is our only hope, too. We must come before God and be still. To be still before God means to come to Him in reverence and humility. It is to come to Him in worship, prepared to listen and to be transformed. We are transformed as we bask in the radiance of God’s presence, as we delight in the brilliance of His Light. Moreover, we fulfill our greatest purpose when we sit silently and worship the Lord God of the universe. Therefore, let us all resolve to be still and come to know the Lord. “Let all the earth keep silence before Him.”

 *For Us Today:. The Lord delights in having fellowship with His creation. He invites all people to come to Him for the free gift of salvation and eternal life. He invites all to come for mercy and the forgiveness of sins. Listen to the invitations of God’s Word:  (Mt. 11:28).(Mt. 22:4). (Jn. 7:37).” (Re. 22:17). (Is. 1:18). (Is. 55:1).

Good Stuff!  Next time we’ll look at chapter 3.

Darrell

For more on this Series, “When God Seems Unfair”  go to http://www.ridgefellowship.com/messages/singleseries/10035.html

Sources:
Bible Exposition Commentary (BE Series) – Old Testament
Boice Expositional Commentary – An Expositional Commentary – The Minor Prophets, Volume 2: Micah-Malachi.
Bible Reader’s Companion
J. Vernon McGee’s Thru The Bible
Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible – Commentary – The Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible – Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
Teacher’s Commentary

About dkoop

Lead Pastor of The Ridge Fellowship: Leander, Jarrell & Taylor, TX
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One Response to When God Seems Unfair – Habakkuk 2

  1. brian says:

    Waiting for the Lord…..seems we are on the same train of thought this week, great post! Looking forward to Sunday.
    Brian

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