Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 2:1-5
“Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk2:4)
Today we come to the key verse in the book of Habakkuk. It is the most important lesson to learn from the book — “The righteous shall live by faith.” Paul cited this verse in the opening chapter of his epistle to the Romans — “For I am not ashamed of the gospel , for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes — to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith'” (Romans 1:16,17). Paul used this verse as the basis for writing Romans.
The verse is also quoted in Galatians — “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for ‘The righteous shall live by faith'” (Galatians 3:11). It is also cited in Hebrews — “But my righteous one shall live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38a).
Faith is essential for our salvation. We are justified through faith — “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Through faith in Jesus, our sins are forgiven and the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed to us. Therefore, there is no place for pride in our lives. Self-righteous people are proud people — “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him” (v. 2a).
We are no only justified through faith, but we are also called to live by faith. The righteous person lives by his or her faith. Even though we may not understand all God’s ways, we must trust Him. Regardless of our circumstances, we must trust Him. This was what Habakkuk had to learn. We must trust God no matter what — “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
The Scripture is clear — “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
God’s answer to Habakkuk’s problems was faith. He said to Habakkuk and He is saying to us — “Trust me regardless of the circumstances. Trust me regardless of the confusion. I am the Lord God who will not fail you.”
Lord God, thank You for giving me the gift of faith. Thank You that I am justified through faith in Your Son. I pray that today I will live by faith and trust You no matter what I must face.
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