Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 25, 2018

“Are You not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One? We will not die.”

Today’s devotion comes from Habakkuk chapter 1.  Thank you for your prayers.  We had a wonderful trip.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Habakkuk+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“5 “Look among the nations!  Observe!
Be astonished!  Wonder!
Because I am doing something in your days—
You would not believe if you were told.
6 “For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
That fierce and impetuous people
Who march throughout the earth
To seize dwelling places which are not theirs.
7 “They are dreaded and feared;
Their justice and authority originate with themselves.
8 “Their horses are swifter than leopards
And keener than wolves in the evening.
Their horsemen come galloping,
Their horsemen come from afar;
They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour.
9 “All of them come for violence.
Their horde of faces moves forward.
They collect captives like sand.
10 “They mock at kings
And rulers are a laughing matter to them.
They laugh at every fortress
And heap up rubble to capture it.
11 “Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on.
But they will be held guilty,
They whose strength is their god.”

12 Are You not from everlasting,
O LORD, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die.
You, O LORD, have appointed them to judge;
And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.”  Habakkuk 1:5-12.

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The LORD used the Chaldeans (rulers from part of Babylon) to punish Judah.

Although Habakkuk had questions of why the LORD used such a fierce, impetuous, and godless people, he recognized that the LORD did not approve of them.

“Your eyes are too pure to approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor.  …”  Verse 13.

The LORD Himself declared that “… they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god.”  Verse 11.

Like Habakkuk, we too may have questions why the LORD does certain things that seem to only hurt us.

But, we can follow Habakkuk’s example, who despite such apparent chaos and hurt, recognized the LORD’s sovereignty and holiness and called the LORD “my God, my Holy One”.

We may physically die, but we will not spiritually die.  We can declare with Habakkuk:  “We will not die.”

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life;  he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  …”  John 11:25-26.

“Are You not from everlasting,
O LORD, my God, my Holy One?
We will not die. …”  Verse 12.


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