But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Shall Live By Faith
We have all just witnessed the disastrous Biden visit to Eastern Europe. In the space of just a few days, Biden threatened Russia with a chemical weapons attack, told American troops that they would soon be fighting in Ukraine, and threatened to assassinate Vladimir Putin. Things have gotten so bad that even deep state players realize Biden is a liability and may need to be removed from power.
The behind-the-scenes political intrigue going on in Washington, D.C. means America is at a level of danger not seen since the Civil War.
The problem with removing Joe is that the V.P. may be worse! And since Pelosi comes after Harris we find ourselves in a political no-win situation. How did we get here so fast? Where’s God?
The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk saw the rapidly deteriorating spiritual condition of his nation, yet God didn’t seem interested in doing anything about it. That frustrated Habakkuk, and he let God know. “God,” he said, “things are horrible around here and getting worse. You can’t trust the leadership. They’re lying to the people. Things are really bad, Lord, and You’re not lifting a hand to stop any of it.”
God responded, “Habakkuk, if I told you what I was doing, your ears would tingle.” Then the Lord began to tell the prophet how He intended to bring the Babylonians as His instrument of judgment against the nation of Judah.
Habakkuk never expected to hear that and cried out, “Lord, wait a minute—that’s not fair! We’re bad, yes; but they are much worse than we are. Why would You use a nation more wicked than Judah to punish Your own people?”* Habakkuk concluded, “I don’t understand this at all. I’ll just go into my tower and wait to see what You do.”
As he sat in the watch tower, watching to see how God would act, the Word that the Lord gave Habakkuk is pertinent to believers living in America today.
“The just shall live by his faith”
Through these words, the Lord was explaining to him, “Habakkuk, you are going to have to trust Me. You’re not going to understand. You’re going to see things that will shake you—but the just shall live by faith.”
Like Habakkuk, American’s who love the Lord and are watching the corruption and steep moral decline of our country also feel shaken by what God’s judgment has brought upon our land!
But in contrast to the proud and insolent rulers of the world, the just will be preserved through faithfulness to God. From Habakkuk and the Apostle Paul (Romans 1:17; Gal. 3:11) we learn that faith is not a one-time act, but a way of life. We are citizens of a better country not made by hands and so we are to, “seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God” (Col. 3:1).
This great declaration of God—“The just shall live by faith”—is like saying, God’s Sovereignty is My Sanity!
Habakkuk had to accept God’s plans over his personal expectations for Israel!
When difficulty rises, or when confronted with uncertainty, doubt, or fear, we can run to Him and find shelter from the storm. How do you access the spiritual promises of God? You do it by faith.
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