Happy Wednesday! You have made it halfway to Friday and that is so exciting! Today we are going to look at the last two verses in God’s first reply to Habakkuk… they are about as warm and fuzzy as the last two…
But I think if we look closely we can find encouragement in the middle of God’s words… I find encourage in the simple truth that God replies very specifically to Habakkuk’s complaints. His answer may not be exactly what Habakkuk wants, but it is a response from God and that in itself is beautiful.
Sometimes I don’t ask questions because I’m afraid to hear the answer… I fight it.. But when I finally give in and ask him, his answer is always gentle and tender. He always speaks the truth in love. Even if the answer isn’t what I want, I can trust that he has a plan not to harm me, but to give me a hope and a future.
Monday we talked about how the enemy often times comes quickly and devours when we are in a weak state. Let’s look at today’s verses…
“At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh.
They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it.
Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!”
Do you ever feel like the enemy is ridiculing and laughing at you?
You are a co-heir with Christ and are seated with him in heavenly places which means that you are royalty. You have been bought with a high price and you are in God’s family…
The Lord told Habakkuk they scoff and laugh at rulers…
I feel a lot of times like the enemy is mocking me. When I am in a good place he will come in and cause me to question everything. He laughs at me.. brings up my past… and makes me feel like I can’t fight.
The verses say they laugh at every fortress… and then they pile up and take it.
Have you ever felt ready for battle? Had your game face on and everything and then the enemy comes in… makes you feel small and all of a sudden every ounce of fight you had in you is gone? Me too…
After he takes the fight right out of you,
he’s gone like the wind, and you are left to pick up the pieces..
The last part of this verse is encouraging to me because God says they’re guilty. And I know that the guilty do not go unpunished. God knows they are guilty… and he will handle it. We can trust that he is covering us, and he will use this to show us his glory in a new way.
I think God spoke this to prepare Habakkuk.… to show him that they would come quickly, when Judah was weak, and that they would ridicule them.. so that he could recognize the battle when it came. God was preparing his heart. He was allowing
him to see a piece of the puzzle so that when the battle came, he could remember the words God spoke to him, and he could draw strength from them. Today I challenge you to ask God to give you a fresh word that you can draw strength from in the midst of your battle. He is walking through the battle with you, and on the other side, there will be freedom.