The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. Habakkuk 2:20
Been this month I go deep into the book of Habakkuk. Like from another Bible figures, I learned so much about faith from Habakkuk. This is the second post based on the book of Habakkuk. The first is Feet like the Feet of a Deer. As usual I try to relate it to our daily lives.
“O Lord, How long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!”(Habakkuk 1:2) This is was Habakkuk’s cry when evil was rampant in the land of Israel. He size up that God was doing nothing. What was done by Habakkuk at the time was not much different from what we usually do at this time. I don’t know how many times we complain to God when there are so many problems and afflictions in our lives. When we cannot see evidence of God at work, or are puzzled by the unfolding His providences, often times we tend to draw the wrong conclusions and we start complain to God.
“Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Habakkuk 1:12-13) This is the Habakkuk’s second complaint. He did not understand why God the Holy One could keep silence to see the wicked to destroy His people.
There is important thing that we can learn from Habakkuk. Even though he was complaining and do not understand and also have limitation to be able to dive into God’s plan, he’s still waiting for God’s answer to his complaint. “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.” (Habakkuk 2:1) This means that Habakkuk still rely on the God’s power and, and he believed that God would doing something.
Finally he became satisfied that God is sovereign and that all should bow before Him. “The Lord is in His Holy Temple” this is comforting and reassuring us. Maybe we faced so many things that make us confused, worry and fear; we face so many problems and affliction but we should to remember that the Lord is in His Holy Temple and He is still reigning. Every problem and affliction that comes to our lives is under His control. If we know that everything is under His control, why we should to complain? “Let all the earth keep silence before Him” Knowing God has a purpose in our problems and trials gives us hope. Indeed, by our problems and afflictions we will be made more holy, more like Christ, and God will reveal to us more of Himself.
At the end of the book of Habakkuk, we saw how great his faith. Habakkuk’s faith is a faith that is not shaken by any situation, even in his lack of understanding of God’s decision he is still faithful. When he prays, he ended his prayer with firm faith. He said, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:17-19) Take a look at a form of faith that even in a state of crisis, stress, fear, threat seems terrible, still able to make Habakkuk joy and rejoice in the Lord. Habakkuk attitude is based on faith fully surrender to God’s decision. Despite his situation will probably continue to be more severe, but his faith in God does not waver. He still rejoices in the God who saves, and it all happened because he made God as a source of his strength.
My lovely friends, Is there this day we are shaken by the difficulties facing an increasingly difficult situation? Whether our faith began to waver due to pressures that continue to hit us, increasing the difficulties of life, problems that do not have a way out? Do not be discouraged. We can learn from Habakkuk. Have firm faith like Habakkuk. Totally believe in the Lord with all our heart. God is able to equip us to be able to face all the problems, all the uncertainties in life, because God is the source of our strength. Have a strong faith as a basis in our life. Do not ever rely on our own strength. We must remember that the existence of God is always faithful to accompany us with His unlimited power; His strength was never under the control of the difficulties we face. Everything is in His control. Let we keep silence before Him. Amen.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19
Karina – Living by Faith
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