The book of Habakkuk was written at a time when Judah was about to be chastised by the Lord. Times were bad but not too far from the good old days. Very much like our day today. The prophet received the dreadful burden about the coming destruction and was grieved by everything God showed him. Worldliness had infiltrated the church, judges were corrupt, and the wealthy were stealing from the poor. Fraud was rampant everywhere. Sound familiar? The prophet was distraught yet God gives him a hope. Injustice was noticed and God was no longer going to delay. His rod of correction was coming swiftly.
The next question that is formed is how do the faithful live under this severe judgment. God is just we know and there is a distinction between the righteous and wicked. Yet famine and war and brutality can seem to cross over. God’s answer is the just shall live by faith. This was not just a promise and truth relevant for this historical moment but speaks to the appointed time of the end. The church age of Philadelphia has a little faith but it is the faith of Christ and this church will live by it. Sure judgment and God’s rod are coming swiftly but we in this bridal season are to live by faith. It is a sure hope in these trying times. The world and the wicked must obtain a recompense for their evil by God’s character but likewise the bride living by faith finds refuge, safety, and love.
In this world of foolish economic advisers, wicked courts, fraud in commerce, and betrayal from neighbors what is your hope? Do you think by throwing credit at a credit implosion it will be improved? What folly is exhibited by the wise. Are you losing a house, a job, or your reputation? Do fears creep in from every corner? I have a hostile FBI acting as a bully for a corrupt Judge trying to prevent me from bringing you truth and equity. Should I get lost in all the troubles, or the vanity of the wicked? No, I have advice from God “The just shall live by faith.” Our Groom does not let the wicked know Him but He bares Himself to His bride. We are safe in His bosom and our care is His constant concern. Let us live by faith and be a faithful bride bringing glory and Honor to our Beloved.