Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 1:12-2:4
“O Lord, are You not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, we will not die. O Lord, You have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, You have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; You cannot tolerate wrong.” (Habakkuk 1:12,13a)
It is obvious that Habakkuk knew God. Even if he was confused over God’s answer to him, Habakkuk knew the attributes and character of God. Let’s look at God’s attributes that are found in our verses today.
First, we see the eternality of God — “O Lord, are You not from everlasting?” God is eternal in His being, power, wisdom and holiness. No matter what happens, God endures forever — “But You are the same, and Your years have no end” (Psalm 102:27). God has existed throughout all eternity and He will always exist as God.
Second, Habakkuk knew about the holiness of God — “My Holy One.” God is holy — “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:3). The fundamental idea of God’s holiness is His total separation from all sin and evil. (This is one of the things that confused Habakkuk. How could God, who is holy, use pagan, evil people as agents of justice?)
Third, we know that God is a God of justice — “O Lord, You have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, You have ordained them to punish.” Because God is just, He must punish sin. He will not ignore wickedness and injustice.
Fourth, Habakkuk knew the security he had in God — “O Rock.” “Rock” suggests a sure and stable place — “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my Rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation (Psalm 18:2). Because God is our Rock, we are always safe and secure.
Finally, we see the righteousness of God — “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; You cannot tolerate wrong.” God is righteous in every way. He always does what is right and pure because His essential nature is one of righteousness.
While Habakkuk knew the nature and character of God, he was still confused by the circumstances around him. He was greatly troubled and had doubts about God’s actions. The problem was that he was not seeing things through the eyes of faith. He was not putting into practice what He knew. I find that all too often I am like Habakkuk.
Everlasting and holy Lord, my Rock, I confess that I know about Your attributes and character. I preach to others about You. But, I often do not act on the basis of what I know about You. I get filled with anxiety and I fail to trust You for who You are. Enable me to keep my eyes on You and to draw my strength from You this day.
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