…but the righteous shall live by his faith. (Hab 2:4)
Habakkuk describes a time in the near future in which God will bring judgment upon Israel for her wickedness through the Babylon. It will appear that God’s promises to make a people for Himself in the Promised Land will have failed. But the righteous will live by faith in God’s promises despite the appearances of their failure. And when the judgment does come, the righteous will endure it because of their faith.
The apostle Paul quotes this verse when he explains that the Christian is one who lives by faith and not by sight. Sometimes obeying God doesn’t seem the most prudent in terms of getting ahead in life. “Everyone else is doing it!” is a refrain that we hear and/or say to explain why we want to do something so badly. There is a fear that if we don’t do what everyone else is doing, then we will fall behind. But we are called to live by faith and not by sight. Or, it is easy to fall into living as though there never will be a judgment because we can’t see evidence of it. 2000 years have passed and Jesus has not returned.
Can you think of a time in your life when living by faith was challenged by what appeared to be a better choice?
Ask God for faith that you might live in light of God’s promises.
McCheyne’s reading plan: 2 Ch 7, 2 Jn 1, Hab 2, Ps 117-118