How Long?

If you could ask God any question about what’s happening in our world today, what would it be?

The prophet Habakkuk had a burden and he did not fear asking God about it. As you read the next few verses see if you notice a parallel with Habakkuk’s nation of Judah and our own, your own wherever you live.

“Oh LORD, how long shall I cry,

and thou wilt not hear!

Even cry out unto thee of violence,

and thou wilt not save!”

Hab. 1:2

Ever feel like the Lord simply isn’t hearing your prayers? Habakkuk did, yet he went to God again. The sin of Judah was too great for this prophet to watch without God intervening.

“Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance?

  • For spoiling and violence are before me:
  • and there are that raise up strife and contention.
  • Therefore the law is slacked,
  • and judgment doth never go forth:
  • for the wicked doth compass about the righteous;
  • therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” Hab. 1:3,4

God did reply to Habakkuk but His answer brought another question. For Habakkuk couldn’t understand why God would use a nation more evil than Judah to judge her. The Lord reassured him, the evil nation would be judged as well. God will right all wrongs in His time.

“For the vision is for an appointed time,

but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:

though it tarry, wait for it;

because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him;

but the just shall live by his faith.”

Hab. 2:3,4

The Lord promised judgment would fall on evil, on the proud. He, also promised the just would live by his faith. Salvation would come.

“Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people,

even for salvation with thine anointed;

thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked,

by discovering the foundation unto the neck.”

Hab. 3:13

Judah would cry to the Lord after taken into captivity. They wanted saved from their enemies. Their greatest enemies were not the nations around them but their own sin. They needed salvation not for a time but for an eternity. One would come.

Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people…

“And she shall bring forth a  son,

and thou shalt call his name

JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins…

and he called his name

JESUS.”

Matthew 2:21,25

This same Jesus would,

woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked,

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,

and between thy seed and her seed;

it shall bruise thy head,

and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Genesis 3:15

The head spoken of here is the serpent in the garden, Satan himself.

 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”  Revelation 12:9

Before salvation could come the enemy had to be bound. Jesus said,

“No man can enter into a strong man’s house,

and spoil his goods,

except he will first bind the strong man;

and then he will spoil his house.”

Mark 4:27

Jesus regained what was given to mankind and lost in creation when He entered this world, bound the strong man, and spoiled his house, a house ruled by fear.

“Forasmuch then

as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,

he (Jesus,added for clarification) also himself

likewise took part of the same;

that through death

he might destroy him that had the power of death,

that is the devil.”

Hebrews 2:14.

Know this our greatest enemy is not our government, those who disagree with us, any virus, or catastrophe that comes to the earth. It is Satan. The good news: he has been defeated and can only rule in our lives as we give him permission.

Our salvation has come in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It will be completed in His return.

We don’t have to fear these things. We, who are of Christ, are the just and live by our faith in Him. He is our salvation both now and for all eternity. He is our strength. Let us,

“Finally, my brethren,

be strong in the Lord,

and in the power of his might.”

Ephesians 6:10

And let’s say with Habakkuk,

Although the fig tree shall not blossom,

neither shall fruit be in the vines;

the labour of the olive shall fail,

and the fields shall yield no meat;

the flock shall be cut off from the fold,

and there shall be no herd in the stalls:

Yet

I will rejoice in the LORD,

I will joy in the God of my salvation.

The LORD God is my strength,

and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet,

and he will make me to walk upon mine high places…”

Hab. 3:17-19.

Do you believe it? Rejoice.

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