This month we’re looking at a conversation between a prophet and God in the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk is in a bad situation that just keeps getting worse. (Sound familiar?!) Last week, we saw Habakkuk cry out to God in his suffering. God reminded Habakkuk that He was still at work, even as the situation deteriorated.
Next, Habakkuk reminded himself of the truth of God’s character and waited with eager expectation to hear how God would respond (Habakkuk 1:12-2:1). Today we’ll look at the second response God gives to Habakkuk in their ongoing conversation.
“And the LORD answered me: ‘Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. ‘Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.’” (Habakkuk 2:2-4)
God tells Habakkuk to wait patiently and live by his faith. When we live by faith, we believe that God’s promises are true. We believe that Jesus Christ has battled our worst enemies—sin, evil, and death—and He is victorious.
When we live by faith, we believe that God can keep His promises to us. We have confidence that the God who put His power on display in the death and resurrection of Jesus has the power to deliver on His promises.
When we live by faith, we believe that God will keep His promises to us. While we were His enemies, Christ laid down His life for us (Romans 5:8). He loves us, and we are His—He will keep His promises to His children.
So as Habakkuk lived out God’s exhortation to “wait for it” in Habakkuk 2:3, he could take comfort knowing that God could and would deliver on His true promises. This is how the righteous live by faith: we believe that God’s promises are true while we wait for His purposes to unfold.
No matter what you face this week, you can have faith that God can and will keep all His promises to you.
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