Tag: God will judge the wicked

Are You Listening, God?

Scripture reading for September 24th: Habakkuk 1-3

“How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?  Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?  Why do you make me look at injustice?  Why do you tolerate wrong?  Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.” Habakkuk 1:2-3

Have you ever had questions for God?  Have you asked God for answers, but wondered if He was listening or ignoring your cry?   Habakkuk found himself in such a position.  He was called to speak to God’s people on behalf of God but his words went unheeded by the people.  He began to question God and He was silent.  God always hears His people but sometimes is slower to respond than we would like.  Sometimes, His response brings more questions!

In this case, God told Habakkuk how He was going to raise up the Babylonians and use them to sweep over the land and destroy it.  (Habakkuk 1:6-11)  These people were a law unto themselves and they were bent on violence.  They were guilty men whose strength was their god.  They were ruthless and impetuous and cruel.  Habakkuk was perplexed that a God who was holy could use something as vile and lawless as the Babylonians.  Why would God even think of such a thing?

We can read God’s answer to Habakkuk’s complaint because God told him to write it down.  His answer spoke of the time of the end and would prove true.  (Habakkuk 2:2-3)  Babylon was full of pride and evil desires, but God used them to chastise His people for a season.  In the end, Babylon would be punished because sin always brings punishment and death.  God’s people were to deal with these revelations by a simple fact:  “the righteous will live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4.

It really doesn’t matter if we have questions and God doesn’t answer.  It doesn’t matter if, when He does answer, the answer causes more questions.  God’s ways are always righteous and just.  His people must learn to trust Him and live by faith in who He is!  We please God only when we live by faith!  (Hebrews 11:6)  God promised Habakkuk that He would judge the wicked and bring woe to those who live for themselves.  He also promised to fill the earth with His glory!  (Habakkuk 2:14)

Habakkuk ends his book with a prayer and a psalm.  The prayer is for God to renew His deeds in their day and time.  It’s a great short prayer for revival.  (Habakkuk 3:2) The psalm tells of the splendor of the Lord as He comes to judge the earth and deliver His people.  It ends with a strong statement of faith!  Habakkuk had his focus on the Lord and His just and holy character and nothing else matters!  He is prepared to wait on God, no matter what!  Living by faith is the way of the righteous!

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Promotion comes from God alone!

Scripture reading for June 19th: Psalms 73-77

We live in a land where democracy and the rule of the people have clouded our understanding of authority and how it is obtained.  We tend to think that we work our way into positions of authority.  We campaign hard and make a case and the votes place us in office.  In the church, we elect a pastor and then elect board members and deacons to fill positions of authority.  We think that the power is given to the church body to place someone in position.  In our world, promotion comes with political power and influence.  It’s who you know that can get you where you want to be.  It might be your education or degree that opens doors for position and power.

The psalmist gives us insight into the true source of authority in Psalm 75.  God is the one who rules all the earth and mankind. (Psalm 75:2-3)  He sets the appointed time for judgment and is the one who holds all the earth together.  He will shake the pillars of the earth at the time He sets!  Arrogant man boasts of his own power and achievements.  The wicked are warned not to “lift up your horns”.  Horns in the Bible refer to power or authority. Wicked people think that they have all power over heaven and deny God’s power and authority.  They will be sadly shocked when God arises to shake things up!

The psalmist states that no man can really exalt another man.  God alone is in charge and is the judge of all.  He places those He wants in power and authority and can remove them at any time He desires!  He raises up one and brings down another.  (Psalm 75:6-7)  He is able to judge the wicked and make them drink a cup full of foaming wine, representing His wrath against sin.  The psalmist states that this truth will be declared by him forever as praise to the Lord who is all powerful!

God is truly in charge!  Even when it appears that the wicked are prospering and have no cares, God will judge them in His appointed time.  (Psalm 73:15-20)  We are to fear God and serve Him alone.  Declaring God’s power and authority to our generation is a duty and priviledge of the righteous!  Share these truths with someone in your life today!  Make it a practice to view life and promotion from God’s perspective!  Look to Him alone for the position that you desire!

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