And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Very little is known about Habakkuk except that he was a prophet and author of the book which bears his name. The book of Habakkuk is a snap shot of a conversation between God and Habakkuk. Habakkuk asked God a question, got an answer that he did not like, asked God a follow up question, received additional information, and then told God thank you in a prayer and a song.
Habakkuk wanted to know how long there would be corruption in Judah. They had laws, but they were not enforced. As a result, people were getting away with everything. God answers Habakkuk and tells him don’t worry. He is about to destroy Judah with the Chaldeans.
That was like taking a machine gun to kill a fly. That was not the answer that Habakkuk was looking for. He just wanted his people to treat each other fairly. Why would God use a nation that was more sinful than Judah to correct her? And why them? They were the most treacherous, evil people he knew. And furthermore, they did not even believe in God. They were idol worshippers. They would beat God’s people, and then they would worship their idols. In Habakkuk’s mind, God needed to think this through.
God’s response to Habakkuk’s concerns is where we find our promise for today. The Lord was going to use the Chaldeans to chastise Judah, but He would also destroy the Chaldeans because of their evil doings. No one was getting away with anything. God told Habakkuk to write it down; even though the vision may not come right away, just wait on it. In the end, it would happen just as God said it would. The just shall live by his faith.
It seems as if God was telling Habakkuk not to worry so much about the injustices around him, but to remember his faith. These words are good for us also. We sometimes get caught up in why the ungodly prosper while we struggle. We must take our focus off of them and focus on God. We live by our faith. Notice, this verse does not say that the just shall live by faith, it says that the just shall live by “his” faith. You cannot live by other people’s faith. You must live by your faith.
What do you believe? Whatever it is, that is what you will experience. If you believe that God is limited, then you will experience the limits of God. If you believe that God is unlimited, you will experience the fullness of God. As Jesus said, “According to “your” faith, be it unto you”.
I am the righteousness of God, and I live by my faith. I believe in the power of God, and I see that power at work in my life every day. I am so grateful for the promise that I can live by my faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.