Today I have the privilege of sharing over at First 5 about God’s justice as we walk through the book fo Habakkuk together. Here’s a preview . . .
Today’s Reading: Habakkuk 2:6-8
Habakkuk 2:6 (ESV) “Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say, ‘Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own-for how long? -and loads himself with pledges! ‘”
I’ve been a parent for 17 years, which means I’ve come up with a few responses to the cry, “That’s not fair!” Sometimes I respond with a shrug and the parenting classic “Life isn’t fair.” Sometimes my child is truly hurting and needs a compassionate hug. Sometimes I remind them that they don’t want what’s fair – they’ve received so much that they don’t deserve in this life, including God’s mercy.
With today’s passage, we start our study of five woes that God gave Habakkuk in response to Habakkuk’s cry of “That’s not fair!” (Habakkuk 1:12-13; Habakkuk 2:6-20) God knew His people would have questions when they watched Jerusalem fall and were carried away in defeat by the Babylonians. Centuries earlier, God promised Abraham that his children would live in this land. (Genesis 15:18-21) God promised David that one of his descendants would reign forever on the throne in Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 7:8-16) Had God failed to keep His promises?
God knew the people might conclude that God had abandoned them, that He was powerless compared to Babylon or that He was unjust. These woes gave Habakkuk and the people of Judah hope that God was still righteous, just, all-powerful and faithful to His promises.
You can head over to First 5 to read the rest of today’s teaching, and I hope you’ll consider joining us in the First 5 app for the rest of the study of Habakkuk. There’s also a study guide that I had the opportunity to write for this study of Habakkuk. You can find it here on the Proverbs 31 Ministries website.Share