Habakkuk 2:4-5 NIV 2011
“See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples.”
God answered Habakkuk’s second complaint. The term enemy refers to the Babylonians and their king. They were full of themselves, not God. Their “desires” were not upright. God used the Babylonians to remind His people to repent and return to Him. Ezekiel 18:9, “He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous…” Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Though perplexed, Habakkuk understood God would deliver the faithful and punish the faithless. The just shall live by faith.
There are times when the world around us does not make sense, much like Habakkuk’s day. This is a post from Billy Graham, “I would not change places with the wealthiest and most influential person in the world. I would rather be a child of the King, a joint-heir with Christ, a member of the Royal Family of heaven!” I was purchased at a tremendous price and I can thank God for redeeming a sinner like me. God asks me daily to live by faith.
How are lives of faith different?
Lives lived by faith,