1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.
Ever read the little book of Habakkuk? It’s a story of grief, yet it is also a story of judgment, and a story of hope.
In chapter one of the book, it opens with Habakkuk crying out to God for justice. God reveals to His servant that He is raising up a pagan nation called Chaldeans to come and over-run the once godly nation of Judah. How can the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob allow such wicked people to tear down His chosen people? How can the God of David and Solomon be willing to destroy Judah, the nation that stood for God, while the ten Northern tribes turned to paganism? Why is God going to allow people, who attribute their blessings and sacrifice offerings to their nets and drag lines, to trample and crush the Promised Land? This revelation was too much for a man to carry, and Habakkuk cried out for answers.
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Our country was founded on God-fearing principles. Though not everyone were born-again Christians (Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, etc.), they still had enough wisdom to not tear at the foundations that their fathers setup: freedom to worship God. Now, we have so many wicked and perverted people in our country.
- They want to promote open and public sodomy.
- They want to stop any form of recognition of God.
- They want to erase hundreds of years of a Godly heritage.
And now, everyone is wondering why the Chaldeans are at the door?
- Our nation’s economy is in ruins.
- The politicians in Washington D.C. squabble over pennies while Rome burns.
- Nations like Iran, Syria, and Russia roar and bellow against America’s decadence.
- We fear the illegal immigrants from Mexico and the drug cartels from Central America.
Why is God allowing such destruction of a nation which once stood for the Bible, the Blood, and the Blessed Hope?
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Chapter two is God’s answer to His prophet. God tells Habakkuk to write His words down in stone. God wants the letters large enough and clear enough so that a man running could read it easily. God’s reasons must be clearly understood by all.
Israel was once a nation that feared God. Judah was a country that once stood for the LORD while all others fell. Jerusalem was the city of David, where God’s very own temple stood. Yet these people have become proud and arrogant. The rulers have become godless and corrupt. Though the appearance of the temple still stood, the nation has turned their backs on the LORD. Now, God is going to bring another nation along, who is worse than the wickedness of Judah, to bring judgment on God’s people.
This is what God has to say to His people,
16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
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Does America think they can turn their backs on God and not receive His hand of chastisement? Do you have the audacity to think that just because you refuse to recognize God, He doesn’t exist? Are we so foolish to mock a holy and righteous God, by perverted lifestyles?
And now you wonder why everything is falling apart.
Will Iran and Islam destroy our nation? Is America turning into a third world economy? Shall our nation become a beggar in the world? I don’t know what is going to happen. But I do know this: America was once founded on the Bible, and the God of the Bible. And now, our nation is running blindly towards paganization, while the Christian screams for it’s air-conditioning, microwave ovens, and Internet access.
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The small book of Habakkuk wraps up with the prophet’s response to God’s answer.
16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
He trembled at the answer of God, because He knew that the LORD is just! And in the midst of His trembling, the man of God started praising and rejoicing in the God who is not just righteous and holy, but is also loving and merciful!
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Will judgment come to America? YES! Bank on it. Is it here now? Is the economy not going to recover? Will Iran rain down nuclear and EMP bombs on our nation? Will we be laughed off the world’s stage by China, Russia, and Europe?
I don’t know.
But know this, God is HOLY. God is RIGHTEOUS. Yet God is also merciful and loving.
Lord, I don’t know what Your plans are for our nation. I weep and cry over the wickedness of the world, but my tears flow harder against the wickedness of America. Though You might bring blight and famine to our nation, and you cut off the blessings of Your hand, I will still rejoice in YOU, for you are a God who is not just righteous and holy, but is also loving and merciful!