2016-02-21 - Habakkuk
Chapter 3 ~ Conclusion
So God is going to use the unbeliever to be an instrument of judgment on those who claim to be following Him. I noted earlier that these truths can be both a source of anxiety and comfort. How is this possible?
First, how can what we have seen be a source of anxiety? Well, our situation is different from Judea’s. God was dealing with this people as a nation, a nation which was living in rebellion against Him. We are individually saved, so God deals with us as His individual children. (And yes, I realize He also deals with the local body as a group, but I want to focus on the individual this time.) Nevertheless, as we have already seen when we looked at Hebrews 12, God will discipline us, if we decide to walk rebelliously in our own ways. The fact we are saved does not mean we are exempt from the results of sin. We need to take seriously the call to live a righteous life - for our own benefit and for the benefit of our testimony.
Second, there is comfort which can be derived from God’s actions here. The comfort is that in a fallen world, even the lost can do nothing against the will of God. He is in control of this world. While He allows freedom and self-will, at the same time, He allows nothing to interfere with His overall plans.
When we hear the warnings of a future war, while they may be valid, we need to remember our confidence isn’t in worldly peace, it is in God and the Prince of Peace. Our concern needs to be pleasing God - not fearing men.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”…“… but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
Then we wouldn’t find God needing to discipline us. Instead we will find the peace that passes all understanding.
“… do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7).
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.