Habakkuk 1 / Psalm 15
By Sonya Polino
Holy Spirit, give us eyes to see You; ears to hear You and hearts that are willing to receive what You speak to us this morning. Lord, give us hears that are radically obedient to You!
Before we dive into today’s reading, let’s remember that the original writers did not include chapter and verse breaks. Those were added long after to help us who read the Bible today. With this in mind, let’s read Habakkuk 1 - 2:1.
Do you just breathe out a “wow” after reading that? Definitely a passage that completely defines the life that we are living in our world now! Always astounds me, the perfect relevancy of the Bible into our life today.
But what really jumped out to me, was Habakkuk. Did his words kind of make you sit up a little straighter and hold your breath for just a moment? Is he speaking to God this way?
Habakkuk displays such a transparency in his thoughts and emotions through these prayers, that I am envious of. He is not praying the prayers that he believes God wants him to pray, or praying in truth and then wrapping it up with a pretty obligatory submissive “Your will be done” ending.
Habakkuk is laying the true depths of his heart before God. AND we see God responding to him. Through Habakkuk’s transparency we see the Lord answer with revelation, “For something is taking place in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it.” So beautiful this exchange.
Habakkuk prays again, “Are you not from eternity, Yahweh, my God? … Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous? Why are You silent …?”
And then Habakkuk 2:1 wraps this all up in a tidy package with a bow on top … “ I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the lookout tower. I will watch to see what He will say to me and what I should reply about my complaint.”
Habakkuk is not going to pray, lay his “complaint” before God, and then go back to his day. He is not going to go about and try to fix things or take actions, hoping for the Lord’s grace to intervene. Nope! Habakkuk is “standing at his guard post” waiting. He knows and stands in confidence that His God is going to answer! Do you get the distinct feeling that Habakkuk is not going to move a centimeter from his “watch tower” until that answer comes? Habakkuk needs an answer and nothing less will do! I so admire that boldness and confidence in his relationship with God! Such confidence in the CHARACTER of God.
This is for us. God wants this relationship and even deeper with us today! Resist the temptation to look at Habakkuk and brush this off as he was a prophet. Are you crazy? We have God living in us! Holy Spirit loves in us and all around us! Holy Spirit speaks to all His children, not just the prophets. Hallelujah! Habakkuk could only dream of such an intimacy!
Take a moment and contemplate who do you know God to be. What aspects of God’s character have you personally experienced verses those that you simply know, or maybe even just hope, are true of Him?
Take this moment now, don’t let it pass you by. Take this moment and talk this through with Him. Allow Him to expand the truth of who He is, and make it revealed knowledge to you. His character that you know … that you know … that you know! That you can therefore stand at your own “watch tower” and wait for Him to answer!
Life with God is a wild ride! I pray that you continue to grow in your intimacy with Abba Father and that you fully embrace & engage in the journey that you are on with Him! Go deeper still!
Hallelujah to you Lord! We love You and trust You! Amen!