Habakkuk 1-3 Habakkuk has been given a bird’s eye view of the world and God’s judgment. He doesn’t understand why God would choose the evil empire of Babylon to judge his people, but then God reveals why through the use of illustrations beginning with “woe.”
God pronounces three woes. Woe to him who covets evil gain. Sounds like today. Men covet money, and they are never satisfied. Woe to him, who builds a town with bloodshed. How many towns were built on that premise both then and even now as we watch Putin desire all of Ukraine? Woe to him who says to wood, Awake! To the silent stone, Arise.!The stupidity of men who covet, kill and give credit to man-made idols.
O Lord, keep our eyes fastened upon you. May we echo the prayer of Habakkuk: O Lord, I have heard your speech and was afraid. O Lord, revive your work in the midst of the years. Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vine, Yet…I will rejoice in the Lord.
Today, may this be my prayer as I watch this nation surrender to covetousness, greed, power-hungry men, and idol worship of men rather than God.