Week 44 Day 3
Tuesday (Habakkuk 1 – 3)
Habakkuk is estimated to have been written variously around 600 to 650 BC. He prophesied the destruction of the Chaldeans just prior to the fall of Jerusalem.
He pleaded with God to explain why the law was not causing sin to end.
He seemed to suffer some of the same confusion as Job and others who were unable to see the big picture – and thus questioned God’s actions.
[Note: God answered Habakkuk’s questions but
ignored his apparent unintentional insolence.]
God would allow the Babylonians to be His instrument of terrible punishment but then they, because they’d imagine themselves to be gods, would also be punished.
Habakkuk was given a word of hope “Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, but the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness.”
Habakkuk reviewed recent events in history and the Lord’s promises “I will rejoice because of the Lord; I will be happy because of the God who delivers me! The sovereign Lord is my source of strength. He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain.”
Why would Habakkuk have failed to understand that the purpose of the law was to convict and not to make-perfect?
When have you been frustrated with sin and cried-out to the Lord?
Dear Lord, You punish the wicked, chastise the sinner, but “… the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness.” May I grow to become more and more a person of integrity so that I may be one of Your instruments of redemption in this world. I will humbly submit to Your teaching, repent of my sin, request and receive Your forgiveness, then step out in greater faith to serve You. Amen. dmc2016