Tuesday, 24 November 2020
“O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!…In wrath remember mercy.”– Habakkuk 3:2
The Book of Habakkuk is just as relevant today as it was, when written. The nation of Judah was in a state of corruption having lost the awareness of God’s norms and at the brink of being invaded by the Babylonians. Habakkuk the prophet was distressed at the state of affairs of his nation and was looking up to the Just GOD who would set things right. He is like any godly man living in our times looking around him seeing the distress/corruption in the world around him and waiting for GOD to put things right!
Our reading is a prayer of faith by Habakkuk who looks to the ALMIGHTY God in whose power he exults knowing that He can deliver the nation of Judah and bring justice to their invaders! Judah was suffering at the hands of their enemies, having walked away from God. Yet Habakkuk prayed for his people: “O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years!... In wrath remember mercy.” (Vs.2) He knew that the God of mercy though punished His people for their waywardness would remember His covenant and would restore them. Hence his plea for God’s mercy in the midst of His judgment!
The key message in Habakkuk familiar to many is “the just shall live by faith!” (Habk. 2:4) which is quoted by Paul in Romans 1:17 relating it to salvation! Those who receive the gospel of Christ through faith in Him is made right with God and lives a life of faith until he meets Him face to face! “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:1).
The very next verses in Romans 1 talk about the wrath of God: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.” (Rom1:18&19). What is the wrath talked about here? God has clearly revealed Himself to all mankind who He is and how to get connected to Him. Yet many turn from Him in ungodly and unrighteous ways spurning the way God has given