The Bible states, “For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation which shall march through the breath of the land to posses the dwelling places that are not theirs… They are terrible and dreadful…Their judgment and dignity shall proceed of themselves…Their horses are swifter than leopards and more fierce than the evening wolves…” (Habakkuk 1:6-11)
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
I receive several requests to expand this Blog into PART TWO! I’ve asked the LORD and this is HIS response:
“Behold, the soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH…” (Habakkuk 2:4) Scripture interprets Scripture. Therefore, we must look within the Book of Habakkuk (Old Testament) and the New Testament to understand what the Lord God is saying to us. So, lets look further into Habakkuk (Chapter 2) as he startles us with the phrase “…the just shall live by faith…” and lets look into the New Testament (the Book of Hebrews) at Apostle Paul who coins the same phrase!
There are three levels to look at:
(1) NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: Look at the news throughout the World. What do you see in Israel, Gaza, Iraq, Russia, USA, China, Japan, etc? Look at the violence, war crimes against humanity, tanks and militants chomping through the breath of the land to posses dwelling places that are not theirs. The Lord GOD asked Prophet Jeremiah (the weeping prophet who was also a contemporary of Habakkuk) this same question, “What do you see?” By the way, Prophet Habakkuk was a cry-baby as well, “O Lord, how long shall I cry and thou wilt not hear? Even cry out unto thee of violence and thou wilt not save! Why does 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…” (Habakkuk 1:2-4) Both of these prophets (like many others) were stuck with huge burdens! They were ordinary men but called of GOD! Don’t misunderstand me when I say certain prophets were weepers; because anyone who realizes corruption in mankind (on whatever level) will cry out to GOD! The World is crying out! can’t you hear them?
(2) PERSONAL: As humanitarians, we should love (but we don’t love one another as many of us are haters, killers, and murderers). For these reasons, we have locks, bolts, security doors/gates, alarms, guns, security cameras, passwords, passcodes, blockers, security guards, Robo-cops, and so forth protecting our homes and neighborhoods.
If you go back to NOAH’S DELUGE, you can hear the Lord GOD saying, “…that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air: for it repenteth Me that I have made them…BUT NOAH FOUND GRACE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD…” (Genesis 6:5-8)
Out of the billions of people on the Earth (in those days), there was only ONE MAN who found grace! In those days, people lived to be over 900 years old! They had every opportunity to be good but they chose to be corrupt! Up to the Deluge, it is safe to say the LORD GOD showed us that HIS Righteousness was only reflected in one person, NOAH! Because of GOD’S grace, Noah and his family were saved! I’m sure you will agree that Noah had a personal relationship with GOD. Also, I’m sure you will agree that Noah took on a task that you and I would still be working on today! Be honest! If the LORD GOD asked you to build an Ark (the size of a football field), what would you do? Let’s assume you are 500 years old and your three boys are about 100, 99, and 97 years of age! You don’t have any tractors, bull dossers, chain saws, a crew of 300 carpenters, a workforce of 1,000 strong men, and a whole bunch of building materials. WITH THE HELP OF THE Lord GOD, NOAH AND THREE OLD MEN BUILT AN ARK (as people laughed and mocked them). TODAY, THE ARK IS STILL RESTING ON THE MOUNTAIN!
(3) SPIRITUAL: On this side of the Cross, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is the only One who can redeem us – and HE did! As you know we’re all born and shaped in the iniquity of sin and lust! One Biblical writer wrote, “I was conceived in sin…” There is a lusty side of mankind and it is contrary to the Word of God. When that lust is conceived and fulfilled, we enter into SIN and SIN = DEATH. At this point, we are at odds with GOD (as HE is WITHOUT sin).
The LORD doesn’t want us to look at our enemies whose horses are swifter than leopards and more fierce than evening wolves. And, you know that leopards and wolves will HUNT YOU DOWN, KILL YOU, and DEVOUR YOU! Nobody in their right mind will go out into the wilderness without protection! This is what the Chaldeans did to the Children of Israel; but GOD commissioned this hasty nation to bring judgment on His very elect (due to their disobedience)! What is GOD saying to you? The LORD does not want you to focus on your problems…your job…your unfortunate circumstances…your medical condition…your issues…because HE is able to deliver you! You ain’t got to start shaking, blinking, and drinking because youse afraid of your enemies. Remember, the LORD “spiritually” delivered John the Baptist who was in prison. How? John sent a special question to JESUS, “Are you the One we’ve been waiting for?” Anyone about to die (for a specific cause) deserves to hear the truth from the person’s mouth he or she is dying for! And, the WORD tells us that John the Baptist was satisfied with the answer and his spirit and soul went to Paradise (after he was beheaded)!
Which side of the fence are you on? Apostle Paul said that he was the chief of sinners because he jailed, tortured, and killed the early Christians! Yet, JESUS Himself commissioned Apostle Paul and stopped him dead in his tracks to Damascus. The LORD saved Saul and changed his name to PAUL! No matter how sinful we are the LORD can save us! SALVATION IS FREE and all believers are newly created in CHRIST JESUS! We are to take off the old man and to put on the new man! And, “…old things are past away…” This means the “thangs” you used to do – YOU DON’T DO ANYMORE!
In fact, Apostle Paul reiterates Prophet Habakkuk’s saying, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back into perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:38) This is a faith walk which is not based on your knowledge, your money, your assets, your rank in society. If your faith is grounded in your money and your money gets funny…then…your faith gets funny! In fact, the Bible states that “…riches have wings and fly away…” The same thing goes for any and everything you bank on instead of believing in CHRIST JESUS! If you place your trust in man, look out. The Bible says “…do not put your trust in man for he will surely fail you…”
You’ve got to believe that GOD IS and you must live it by faith and not by sight. The late Flip Wilson (comedian) knocked folks out with, “What you see is what you get!” Well, I beg to differ because ” What you see ain’t necessarily what youse getting…” Somebody else said, “…every thing that glitters ain’t gold…”
Have a Blessed Day!