In the God of my Salvation!
by the Watchman
Dana G Smith
Keywords: Habakkuk, LORD, God, Salvation, Nations, Judgment, Isaiah, Revelation
Habakkuk whose name means ‘embrace’, faced a national crisis in Judah. The words describe the scene around him and these words are: violence, iniquity, grievance, spoiling, strife, contention, law is slacked, judgment never goes forth, wicked compasses the righteous, wrong judgment is the result. During the time of such crisis, Habakkuk was embraced by God, who answered his questions and found faith and sustenance in God who would see him through the coming trial upon the nation. This prophet would also ‘embrace’ others, and help them to find the God of their salvation as well.
In the beginning of the book, we find this prophet crying to God and asking how long it would be before he would hear. All this wickedness and violence were all around him, it looked as though the wicked and evil had taken over the place. The man of God had faith, but right now, he needed answers to the calamity that surrounded him. Where was God? Why was this happening? How long would the LORD allow it to go on? All this was on the prophets heart and mind, as well on the thoughts of the other righteous in Judah at the time.
Habakkuk 1:2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
Habakkuk 1:4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth
It was at this point Habakkuk heard from God. It was an answer though that many would not of wanted to hear. The LORD said to the prophet saying “look at the heathen, regard, and wonder marvellously Habakkuk ; I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe though it be told you”. It is here that if the prophet thought he had troubles surrounding him now, just wait, for the troubles are just beginning. In essence the LORD said to Habakkuk, whose name means ‘embrace’, “look Habakkuk I see the heathen around you, I know of the situation, I am going to do something about it and when I do, you will not believe it.” Probably no truer words could of been spoken to the Prophet. For wickedness, violence, and much more was all around him, but if that were not bad enough, the LORD was sending judgment upon the land and people.
Habakkuk 1:5 ¶Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
I am reminded of America today and even the world. The same words that described the situation around the Prophet above also fit today’s situation. What was the solution God was going to provide? Was it a new King? Was it a new priesthood? Was there going to be a thorough housecleaning so Habakkuk and the others could enjoy life in Judah before the LORD again? No, No, No, and finally Yes! There would be a housecleaning but when they hear about it, no one would believe this God, the God of Israel would do such a thing to his own people! The LORD would raise up a very nasty, hateful, warring people who made it a way of life to subdue kingdoms. They were known at the time as a very terrible people, with dreadful and blood thirsty ways about them. No one was able to stop them. When they marched, they murdered women, children, and men. They killed the babies in the mothers womb, they burned cities, looted, and gave all the glory to their own Gods. They paid no attention to kings, nations, armies, and peoples, they simply were one of the worst of the worst. They were fighters, murderers, plunderers, and would literally, take any stronghold, burn it, loot it, and then turn it to dust. They will keep the best of the souls of men and women for price, then kill the rest. Yes, these are a bad people!