The Just Shall Live By Faith
Hab 1:1 The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
Hab 1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save.
Hab 1:3 Why do You show me iniquity, And cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises.
Hab 1:4 Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.
Wow, Have you ever felt like Habakkuk? Lord, How long shall I cry out to you and you will not hear? Lord all I see is trouble everywhere I look…I see iniquity, strife and contention, but justice never goes forth! Have you ever felt like that….You are doing all you know how to do, but everything looks negative? God answers Habakkuk..
Hab 1:5 “Look among the nations and watch— Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.
God said “LOOK AND WATCH”…and you will be astounded at what you see, it will be more than you could have believed if I told you.
Hab 2:1 I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.
I like how the prophet answered.. I will stand watch, I will watch to see what the Lord will say to me and how I will answer… in other words I won’t just be careful to see what the Lord says, I will be careful on how I respond to the Lord.
Hab 2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
Hab 2:4 “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.
As I read this and studied this morning in the wee hours, such peace came to my heart…. Sometimes we are in situations that can seems soooo overwhelming and then when you turn to the word of God..PEACE COMES IN!! I am so thankful for the Power of the Word of God!! The sad part is that so many times we suffer so long in our mess till we pick up the word and let God bring His Peace to us!!!
When God answered Habakkuk, he instructed him to do something.. many times we pray and we want God to do something, but we are not willing to do anything… God said..Write the vision and make it plain… What are you believing God for…what is the vision that God has put deep in your heart. He has a plan and purpose for each of us. Jer 29:11. What is the vision that he has for your life? Write it down, be specific so that others can read it and join faith with you!!!!
Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry
Then I love what he says.. the vision is for an appointed time!!! We sing a song that says “and time is in His Hand”. That statement brought me so much peace during those times that I was waiting for a vision to manifest. I waited for God to bring my husband for 13 years and many times it seemed like that vision he had given me wasn’t going to come to pass…but see it was for an appointed time. But at the end it will SPEAK!!! Dead things can’t speak! In other words the dream and vision God has given you WILL NOT DIE!!
Though it tarries, wait for it……….. My friend, Don’t give up!!!!!!!!! IT WILL SURELY COME!
Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth.
Hab 3:2 O LORD, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
In Habakkuk 2 it is revealed what will happen to the wicked and here we see the prophets response… remember he was crying out for justice, now when he sees it, he says, I have heard your speech and was afraid…. In wrath remember mercy!!! The prophet saw that justice was coming both to the wicked and the righteous.
I want to end with something that I pray will encourage you and strengthen you as it has me this morning!
Hab 3:17 Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—
In other words.. when your check book is empty, when there is no food in your house, when creditors are calling every day, when your body is writhing with pain and the report from the doctor is not good.. when you see no means of making ends meet… What do I do then Lord?
Hab 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Yet, I will…..in other words..no matter what I am going through I will… What will I do? I will JOY in the God of my salvation. How do you do that? You Trust Him completely!
Hab 3:19 The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.
We have to constantly remember that He is our salvation, He is our strength!! We do not have to walk through this by ourselves…He will strengthen you and make your feet like deer’s feet…Huh?? The deer are able to walk on high and rocky terrain and still keep there balance, so my friend with God’s help we can walk through any trying situation and retain our balance and see the vision come to pass.
God Bless you my friend.