“Even though the fig tree have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet 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.” Habakkuk 3:17-19 This is total trust. This is trusting God no matter what happens in life. No matter if you are rich or poor, healthy or sick. No matter what, you trust in God. To me this is a difficult outlook of life to have. When things are going difficult in my life, God brings me back to Habakkuk. Then God brings me to this scripture in Romans, “Can anything separate us from Christ’s love?” Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? As the scripture says, “For your sake we are killed every day, we are being slaughtered like sheep.” No despite all things, overcoming victory is ours through Christ who loves us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angel nor demons, neither our fear for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39) My friend, God is the answer to all our […]
“I trembled inside when I heard this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us.” Habakkuk 3:16 In the beginning of this book, Habakkuk came to God and said, “Why are you doing these things? Why are you permitting me to see evil? Why don’t you move?” Now we see Habakkuk realizing that God knows what He is doing. After God answers Habakkuk in chapter 2, we see a man that fears God and knows that He is all powerful. This is what we need today. We need a fear and respect for God. Today nobody has respect for anything. Many years ago I had a gentleman that I respected greatly. He told me that I should call him by his first name. I told him that I just could not do it. My respect for him was too great. It was not that I feared him. It was I felt that he was should a man of principals and I was too young to call him by his first name. We don’t need to fear God, but we need to show respect for Him. We need to realize that God is all powerful, but He is all loving also. We need to realize that God will meet all of our needs, but not all of our wants. He will walk hand in hand with us through this world and at times carry us. In my next devotion I will complete our study of Habakkuk. I hope that you have had a deeper understanding of God. My next series of devotions will be on the sovereignty of God.
“Pestilence marches before Him; plaque follows close behind. When He stops, the earth shakes. When He looks the nations trembles. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the eternal one.” Habakkuk 3:5-6 These verses in chapter three are some of the most beautiful verses on the power of God. How He is the God that created this world and He has complete control over everything in it. We feel the mountains are in place and will never move. We lived in Colorado Springs for several years and everywhere we lived we could see Pike Peak. It towered above the city. I would wake in the morning and see how the mountain had changed. Somedays the mountain would shine with the sun on the snow. Then the next day it would have clouds covering it and we could not see the mountain. Somedays the clouds would cover only half of the mountain. On these days I would tell my son that God had moved the mountain to Denver so they could enjoy it. I know that God is powerful enough to move the mountains if He so wished. Is there a mountain in your life that you wake ever morning and see. Do you feel that the mountain is too big for God to move? God can move any mountain in your life. He can use the mountain in your life so it turns out for your good. Do you believe that God is in control and He can move mountains? When we started reading the book of Habakkuk, Habakkuk did not believe in the power of God, but as God answered Habakkuk’s question, Habakkuk believed.
“His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands, where his awesome power is hidden.” Habakkuk 3:4 Light belongs in darkness. We live in such a dark word. The only light of this world is the light of God. That light of God comes from His Son Jesus Christ. “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:4-5) “Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance.” (Isaiah 60:1-3) As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are to let our light shine in the world. The ministry that I share with you in these devotions is “Sharing the light and love of God to a dark world”. My prayer is that in my small corner of the world that my light will shine so that others can see the love and awesome power of God in our world. If you are a true disciple of Jesus Christ, are you letting your light shine in your corner of the world?
“I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise.” Habakkuk 3:3 God is moving! This is Habakkuk saying, stop, look and listen. He is moving in the world. God is in control. God is moving today. God’s Kingdom is here today. Habakkuk is talking in the following verses about the sovereignty of God. What is the sovereignty of God? “Sovereignty is God’s control over His creation, dealing with His governance over it: Sovereignty is God’s rule over all reality.” (Dr. Norman Geisler) The sovereignty of God means that He has total control of all things past, present and future. Nothing happens that is out of His knowledge and control. All things are either caused by Him or allowed by Him for His own purposes and through His perfect will and timing. He is the only absolute and omnipotent ruler of the universe and is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. “For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36) But for us, there is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:6) Paul is telling us in 1 Corinthians that for him there is only one God and He is the true God. God is moving and His splendor is filling the heaven and earth. If you don’t believe that He is moving in the world, just watch a sunrise or sunset. God paints us a picture every day. My prayer, “May your Kingdom come soon. […]
“This prayer was sung by the prophet Habakkuk: I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.” Habakkuk 3:1-2 Habakkuk was confused at the beginning of this book. He did not understand what God was doing. He did not understand, why? At this point in the book, gone was the need to figure everything out. Gone was his concern with his own immediate problems. He recognized that God is God and he was not. God can do whatever He wants and what He does is ultimately best in the big picture and in the long run. Habakkuk was seeing things God’s way and not his way. Habakkuk’s prayer was for God to remember mercy. This is similar to praying, “Your kingdom come; your will be done” (Matthew 6:10a) Habakkuk’s concern had shifted from himself and his issues to God and His will. Habakkuk was in awe of God and how God had answered his questions. Habakkuk knew that God was in control. What a reversal has taken place in the thinking of Habakkuk. At first he was saying, “Lord, you are not doing anything. Why don’t you do something? Why do you let them get by with their sins?” God let Habakkuk know that He was doing something and that He would judge sin. When Habakkuk realized that God was judging sin. Habakkuk cried out for mercy. If we really knew how much God was moving in His judgment, we would all be crying out for God’s mercy.
“But the Lord is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him.” Habakkuk 2:20 Being silent is something that some of us don’t know about. We just don’t know how to be silent. In the world that we live in it seems there is never any silence. Everywhere we go there is always noise. “It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.” (Isaiah 6:1) Isaiah was in the earthly temple when God allowed him to see His presence. His presence was so great that God’s robe filled the entire temple. It is difficult to know what to say to a Holy God. “Holiness on one hand creates distance between Him and mankind, on the other hand His holiness creates a renewed fellowship between God and mankind.” (S. H. Widyapranaws) God is holy and all we can do is worship Him. Lately in my prayer time I don’t know what to say. I asked God the other day what I needed to pray for and He told me that I should just be silent and listen for His voice. We can learn more about God just by being silent before Him. People who know God have great energy for God. People who know God have great thoughts of God. People who know God show great boldness for God. People who know God have great contentment in God. Do you know God? Try being silent before God and see what you can learn.
“What good is an idol carved by man, or a cast image that deceives you? How foolish to trust in your own creation— a god that can’t even talk! What sorrow awaits you who say to wooden idols, ‘Wake up and save us!’ To speechless stone images you say, ‘Rise up and teach us!’ Can an idol tell you what to do? They may be overlaid with gold and silver, but they are lifeless inside.” Habakkuk 2:18-19 People who worship idols will discover that they are powerless. Idols cannot speak and they are lifeless. There are three steps in the downfall of a nation. First, there is abandonment of a religious belief. The second step is moral decay. The third step is political anarchy, a state of disorder due to absence or no recognition of authority. These are the three steps by which nations pass off the stage of human history. This has always been the way it has moved. The primary problem never was political anarchy. It never was moral decay. As bad as moral decay is, the root of the problem goes back to the abandonment of religious belief. Turning away from the living and true God. The downfall of a nation begins in idolatry. We would like to think that idolatry has gone out of style. This is not true. We worship many things. We worship money. We worship sex. We worship pleasure. We even worship ourselves. We worship everything but the one true God. This was the downfall of the Babylonians. Unless we wake up, it will be our downfall. “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and […]
“What sorrow awaits you who make your neighbors drunk! You force your cup on them so you can gloat over their shameful nakedness. But soon it will be your turn to be disgraced. Come, drink and be exposed! Drink from the cup of the Lord’s judgment, and all your glory will be turned to shame. You cut down the forests of Lebanon. Now you will be cut down. You destroyed the wild animals, so now their terror will be yours. You committed murder throughout the countryside and filled the towns with violence.” Habakkuk 2:15-17 Sexuality and drunkenness were two of the sins of the Babylonians. These are two of the sins of America also. Alcohol and sex have been a bad combination for thousands of years. It seems that we never learn. One of the major problems with America is the same as it was with the Babylonians. Everywhere we look today, we are being sold that sex and alcohol are the things that we need to do. God is telling Habakkuk that He will destroy the Babylonians for the very things that we are doing today. Do you think that God has changed? That just because we think we are great that God will look the other way when we sin? Drunkenness leads to gross immorality. It leads to divorce. It leads to breakup of homes. It leads to addiction. Addiction is our number one problem today. If it is not alcohol, it is drugs. In our addiction we believe that our chosen idol creates a world that is better. We all long for rest, relaxing, letting down, having someone else do the work. Like a magic carpet, our addictions allow us to disassociate from reality and connect us to a god that seems much better than any god […]
“For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.” Habakkuk 2:14 The Babylonians and all self-reliant people since then have exchanged the glory of God for their own glory. Rather than living by faith in God, they are dying by human effort. Pride kills. Faith lives; no matter what the circumstances look like today. No matter how you are being oppressed by powerful people, God’s glory will fill the earth. God’s glory is the outward expression of God’s being. You can be absolutely assured that God’s glory will cover the earth and everyone will know His supreme majesty. “And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.” (Revelation 21:23) The revelation of God’s glory is possible because of Jesus Christ who came to show us God’s glory. Paul tells us, For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6) Today we can know some of God’s glory through faith in Jesus Christ. “…may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19) Someday we will see the Lord face to face and personally know His majesty that will fill the earth. “For the Scriptures say, “as surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance […]