O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Habakkuk 1:2-3 ESV
Habakkuk opens with an almost Job-like situation. Habakkuk is complaining to God because he feels that God isn’t listening to him and doesn’t care about the problems he is facing. And, like in Job, God responses to Habakkuk, not in anger, but in explanation.
Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4 ESV
The LORD calls for faith during confusion or misunderstanding. While it is easy to get angry or upset about how my current situation can sometimes be, it is important for me to remember that I cannot see the whole picture while God can. I am to live by my faith even when it hurts or when things don’t make sense.
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock b cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18 ESV
After hearing God’s message, Habakkuk prays a prayer of thankfulness and wonder in response. Habakkuk recognizes God’s power and strength and rests assured knowing that God has a plan, despite how bad the current situation may seem.
Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV
Part of living by faith is training for godliness. Doing what God has commanded is hard in my current sinful nature and takes time and work. While physical training is important, it’s effects only last this life. Training in godliness, however, extends far beyond this life on Earth. It is important for me to follow God’s Word in my daily life and to pursue righteousness in everything that I do.
Dear God, Thank You for working everything together for my good even when I do not understand. Please help me walk in faith according to Your Word as You have commanded. Give me strength to follow You even when things are hard. In Your Holy Name, Amen.