Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10
(1) Habakkuk is so real with God. Almost to a fault. I mean, he goes back and forth with God, exchanging ideas and opinions on how God should act. At first read, you might think Habakkuk is being inappropriate or trying to tell God what to do. But this prophet is very confident in the character, track record, and nearness of God. Habakkuk isn’t whining, he’s asking. He’s praying. He’s begging. He’s appealing. He knows – in the depths of his soul – that God wants so much more for the people of Judah, or Babylon, or even Ohio! So Habakkuk boldly, honestly, thoughtfully asks God to respond. Love it. Hard to do it.
(2) Habakkuk models the tension of faith. The most famous verse in Habakkuk is 2:4, where God says, “the righteous will live by faith.” Faith is believing and trusting when you don’t have proof or results. Faith is believing in something or someone you cannot see. Hebrews 11. Habakkuk models what it means to exercise the muscles of faith. To make a deliberate choice to submit to God and His promises regardless of one’s circumstances. Love it. Hard to do it.
(3) Habakkuk reminds us of the One who runs the World. As a minor prophet, Habakkuk’s book is written in the midst of worldwide change. Empires rise and fall. Egypt. Assyria. Babylon. Persia. Greece. Rome. The Bible is a book written in the context of real people, real events, real places, real controversy. Habakkuk doesn’t place his ultimate hope in kings (like the dysfunctional Jehoiachim of Juday) or empires (like the greedy and violent Babylon). Instead, He again makes a deliberate choice - loyalty to God’s Kingdom will be far more important, lasting, and influential than loyalty to earthly nations. History proved Habakkuk right. Same for us as believers in Christ - we must choose God and His Kingdom first. Love it. Hard to do.
By Garry Underwood