Thursday Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

Opening prayer: O God, we believe that if we pursue the ministries that you want, there will be no lack of the volunteers and resources necessary for us to accomplish your will.  Please guide our staff and leaders in the way that you wish us to go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Living by faith

 

 4 "See, he is puffed up;
       his desires are not upright—
       but the righteous will live by his faith
[d]

 

How often do we think why it seems that God does not answer our prayers in the time frame that we expect, or with the answers we would like?  How often, as our writer puts it; “How often have we prayed, only to have our prayers seemingly go unanswered? A woman struggling with cancer in the hospital prays for a cure, then slips into a coma. A man prays to keep his job, only to find a pink slip waiting for him the next day?”

 

The prophet Habakkuk had some of the same questions. “He prayed for help, but was not answered. He cired out to God about the destruction of his people, but heard only silence in reply. He watched as righteous ones were punished and wicked ones were rewarded.”

 

God answered Habakkuk finally in a vision that he shares with us this day: “He heard God speak of the end of those who were rich and proud, and the finale to the pain and suffering of his people.  This vision, this hope, did not come by sight, but by faith.  Habakkuk did not live to see the end of suffering and the final answer to his prayer. But by faithe he could trust that “the Lord is in his holy temple and has everything under control.”

 

See,  God speaks to us through this scripture about the answer to many of our prayers.  We must keep praying constantly in faith…

 

Prayer: “Gracious Lord, when our prayers seem to go unanswered, give us faith to see and hear you in the silence. Amen.”

 

 

Habakkuk 1:1-4

Habakkuk 1

 1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

 2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help,
       but you do not listen?
       Or cry out to you, "Violence!"
       but you do not save?

 3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
       Why do you tolerate wrong?
       Destruction and violence are before me;
       there is strife, and conflict abounds.

 4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
       and justice never prevails.
       The wicked hem in the righteous,
       so that justice is perverted.

Habakkuk 2

 1 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.
[a]

The LORD’s Answer

 2 Then the LORD replied:
       "Write down the revelation
       and make it plain on tablets
       so that a herald
[b] may run with it.

 3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
       it speaks of the end
       and will not prove false.
       Though it linger, wait for it;
       it
[c] will certainly come and will not delay.

 4 "See, he is puffed up;
       his desires are not upright—
       but the righteous will live by his faith
[d]

 

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2 Responses to Thursday Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

  1. Judith says:

    I don’t read "rich" anywhere in this scripture selection. I read of being pompous, of having desires that are not upright, of having that be one’s downfall. I read of the righteousness of living by faith. We don’t always see our faith being rewarded. It’s often easier to see rewards going to the pompous, the selfish, the liars and the cheats. God says, "My time, not yours." The revelation awaits an appointed time.

  2. Judith says:

    Thank you for that opening prayer — it is apropos everything! Yes, God, lead us to where You need us to serve, where You need us to fulfill Your will for Your children.

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