One of the main themes of the book of Habakkuk is God’s justice in dealing with wickedness. We saw in chapter 1 of the book that Habakkuk is a prophet who is seeing the sin of Judah and wondering what God was going to do about it. God said he was going to raise up the Chaldeans (Babylon) to execute judgment on Judah. Habakkuk didn’t understand how God could raise up a wicked nation like Babylon to punish, in his mind, a lesser wicked nation like Judah.
God gives his answer by showing that both Babylon and Judah will get their justice in His time. He also wanted to show Habakkuk that his opinion on the state of wickedness of Babylon and Judah is nothing compared to God’s sovereign understanding of it.
Two verses that really stand out to me from this chapter are verse 14 and verse 20.
For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea. (v. 14, ESV)
But the Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him. (v. 20, ESV)
Verse 14 gives God’s purpose in exercising judgment. From Genesis to Revelation, God’s concern is for His own glory. The principle we can take away today is that our greatest concern should be that we be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Can you say that knowing God is your greatest desire? Do you love God or his gifts more?
Verse 20 serves as a reminder that God is in control, and he is exercising righteous judgment and a plan that is far superior to our personal plans for our lives. Often, we worship the perceived control we have over our lives instead of trusting the true control God has. The next time you feel anxiety and worry over a situation, ask yourself if the source of your anxiety could be because you desire your own control over your life instead of resting in God’s control of it.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice