August 20 (Daily reading: Habakkuk) Here are some “jewels” from Habakkuk:
[1:5] “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days—You would not believe if you were told.” God’s activity on our behalf is immeasurable and never-ending! Jesus said, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working” (Jn. 5:17). He is always “doing something in our day!”
[2:4] “Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith.” When Martin Luther as a priest read Paul’s quote of this verse in Romans 1:17, his life was transformed. Luther said, “When I discovered that (the righteous will live by faith), I was born again of the Holy Ghost. And the doors of paradise swung open, and I walked through.”
[2:14] “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” This verse is quoted in the hymn, “The Kingdom is Coming.” Here is the refrain: “The kingdom is coming, O tell ye the story, God’s banner exalted shall be! The earth shall be full of His knowledge and glory, As waters that cover the sea.” I often sing that refrain to Judy as I get her ready in the morning.
[2:20] After talking about the futility of idols, Habakkuk said, “But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.” These beautiful words are immortalized for me in a hymn that I remember from my youth as a call to worship.
[3:18] Habakkuk wrote that when all was failing around him, “Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” We cannot control what is happening around us, but we can control our personal response to God. We can praise Him because we are His children!
– Al Gary