(Habakkuk 2:4) Look, his ego is inflated, he is without integrity. But the righteous one will live by his faith HCSB
1-We must “Live” out our faith:
The prophet Habakkuk first appears around 605 BC right around the time the Chaldeans (Babylonians) were dismantling the Syrian empire, Egypt is in turmoil. This conflict affected surrounding countries, and Habakkuk predicts that soon the conflict would spill over and the Chaldeans would come to Judah as well.
In his initial conversation with God, Habakkuk voices his concerns about the sins being committed, and lawlessness of the Jews, and how he thought the justice God doled out on the people was insufficient (1:1-4) We never know what God is up to, nor completely understand His reasoning to allow events to unfold as they do. This caused Habakkuk to break faith with God.
Then he complains how God plans to remedy the situation, and He would allow the people to suffer at the hands of a people that was more evil than they were. “Seriously,” Lord?! (Habakkuk 1:12) Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God? My Holy One, You will not die. Lord, You appointed them to execute judgement; my Rock, You destined them to punish us. (Habakkuk 1:6-7) What Habakkuk failed to understand is, He needed to allow “God to be God”-to Let Him demonstrate His faithfulness, and rule in His sovereignty.
2- We must ” Walk” by faith(2 Corinthians 5:7-8) 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight, 8 and we are satisfied, to be out of the body and at home with the Lord. “Out of the body” and “At home with the Lord” *To live out my faith in total submission to the spirit, that one day I too will be seated at the right hand of God. We serve a “Big God” who needs His children to have “Big Faith” (Habakkuk 5:1) we know that if our temporary, earthly dwelling is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens not made by hands.
FAITH: The substance of Spiritual Maturity and the Foundation of our relationship in Christ (Hebrews 11:1-3) Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. 2 For our ancestors won God’s approval by it 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that that what is seen has been made from the things that are not visible.
We’ve all been there when we were so worried that our entire being shuts down. Our anxiety level is so high that we can’t eat, we can’t think, We are literally crippled by this fear, and uncertainty. It took bringing ourselves to that point to say, “God, I love you, and I need you,” I need you because I cannot do this on my own. ” Come” take this from me…Give it to Him, and don’t reclaim it! Then, when the storm has passed, we wonder, “What drove me to that place that I was in?”
Then, the Lord shows up:
After witnessing the hand of God destroy the Chaldeans for their atrocities against His people, Habakkuk ends his letter with a Shigionoth, a particular type of Psalm to express relief from the inevitable destruction: (Habakkuk 3:13) You come to save Your people, to save Your anointed. You crush the leader of the house of the wicked and strip him from foot to neck Selah.
Habakkuk rediscovers his faith:(3:17-19) Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there is no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,18 yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! 19 Yahweh my Lord is my strength; and He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on the mountain heights *For the choir director on stringed instruments