Habakkuk 1-3, Psalm 133
In today’s reading, we read in Habakkuk 2:4, “…But the just shall live by his faith.” So important is this verse, that God used this verse to inspire Martin Luther in the initiation of the Protestant Reformation. This again shows us how important the entirety of Scripture is. Many have never read, much less heard of the book of Habakkuk, yet it served as the battle cry for such an important movement in the Church.
Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith is a 2 step process. We have to decide in the object of our faith and then how that influences our daily lives. Many of us were raised in a religious environment steeped in tradition, a lack of Biblical literacy, following formalities out of rote. Though some may find the One True God in this environment, for many God remained hidden. God is revealed in His Word. Once you enter into a relationship with Him, knowing Him, abiding in Him, then the object of our faith is not at all mindless or blind. A true relationship, such as between spouses or children also evolves through spending time getting to know each other. In fact, Jesus states in John 8:31-32, “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Habakkuk penned these words as his world was crumbling around him. Nothing made sense. Even God’s response to his question of the apparent lack of justice to the evil which surrounded him, by the hands of the Babylonians, made no sense to him. But once we are sure of the object of our faith, God, we learn to trust in Him, not our senses, our intellect, our own reasoning. In Isaiah 55:8-9 it says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” So, as Christians who are in a true relationship with the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit, whose faith rests on the bedrock of Scripture; we can stand firm and trust in Him when everything around us seems not to make sense. Whether it be relationships, our children, illness, finances, world events, etc; we who trust in Him, though things may not make sense, can stand not in fear but in complete confidence in our God who will not forsake us.
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