The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save.
Habakkuk was written between 615 and 605 BC at a time when the Assyrian powers were on the decline and the beginning of Babylonian domination. It was a message of questioning how long before the Lord was going to rescue His people. The Lord would indeed rescue them, but not until after 70 years of Babylonian captivity.
A lot of times the Lord does not show us the things He is going to do, for our own good. If He showed us, we wouldn’t believe Him anyways. I know that if the Lord always showed me what He was going to do in my life, I would either quit praying because of what I saw, or get discouraged. It is best to just wait on the Lord.
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
Although this verse applies to the Southern Kingdom of Judah, we can apply the principal to our lives as well. And that is this, the Lord will give us vision that will be for an appointed time. We mustn’t get discouraged while waiting for it, “it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake! ’ To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, Yet in it there is no breath at all.
He is speaking of idols here, idols that cannot speak or teach or do anything. How sad to see the number of people who rely on idols who have absolutely no life in them.
O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
This is a good prayer, “in wrath remember mercy”. Remember, mercy is not getting what we deserve. The wrath of God is coming upon this world. Would be to God that people would turn to Jesus. Even in wrath, we must remember that God is merciful.
Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Crazy things going on today. People are just trying to make some sort of sense of it all. No matter what is going on around us, we can always rejoice in our salvation. Our salvation puts the proper perspective on our lives, no matter what is happening.
After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.
The word temple here, in vs 5, is a reference to the Holy of Holies, that Most Holy Place where the High Priest could enter but once a year. It is quite appropriate that as we look at this final outpouring of God’s wrath that these angels would come forth from out the Holy of Holies, speaking of this final wrath coming from the very heart of God.