As you quiet yourself for this brief time, be willing to be open to God, however that may take place.
Habakkuk 3:1-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
A prayer of the prophet Habakkuk according to Shigionoth.
O Lord, I have heard of your renown,
and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work.
In our own time revive it;
in our own time make it known;
in wrath may you remember mercy.
God came from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran.Selah
His glory covered the heavens,
and the earth was full of his praise.
The brightness was like the sun;
rays came forth from his hand,
where his power lay hidden.
Before him went pestilence,
and plague followed close behind.
He stopped and shook the earth;
he looked and made the nations tremble.
The eternal mountains were shattered;
along his ancient pathways
the everlasting hills sank low.
I saw the tents of Cushan under affliction;
the tent-curtains of the land of Midian trembled.
Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?
Or your anger against the rivers,
or your rage against the sea,
when you drove your horses,
your chariots to victory?
You brandished your naked bow,
sated were the arrows at your command. Selah
You split the earth with rivers.
The mountains saw you, and writhed;
a torrent of water swept by;
the deep gave forth its voice.
The sun raised high its hands;
the moon stood still in its exalted place,
at the light of your arrows speeding by,
at the gleam of your flashing spear.
In fury you trod the earth,
in anger you trampled nations.
You came forth to save your people,
to save your anointed.
You crushed the head of the wicked house,
laying it bare from foundation to roof. Selah
You pierced with their own arrows the head of his warriors,
who came like a whirlwind to scatter us,
gloating as if ready to devour the poor who were in hiding.
You trampled the sea with your horses,
churning the mighty waters.
I hear, and I tremble within;
my lips quiver at the sound.
Rottenness enters into my bones,
and my steps tremble beneath me.
I wait quietly for the day of calamity
to come upon the people who attack us.
We’re back to Habakkuk and our prophet is praying. And it is a doozy! God through Habakkuk spends a whole chapter before this telling what will happen to the wicked—those living beyond their means and are in debt, slave labor, human bloodshed, violence to the earth, those who get evil gain for their houses, cities founded on iniquities, those who get their neighbors drunk, the wrathful, violence to Lebanon, destruction of the animals, and idolaters.
Habakkuk has seen the vision of what God has done to Israel’s enemies and he prays that God will make it happen soon—in their lifetime. He paints a picture of God coming in glory to shake the earth and terrorize the enemy. God unleashes chaos and fury to protect Israel and take revenge on those who are torturing them.
Habakkuk waits huddling in a corner quiet and trembling, waiting for the day this will come to pass. And God says it will happen, but not when. What is not in this passage is the very end of Habakkuk and I think the most important part. Habakkuk says that even amid all this destruction and chaos that is going on in Israel now and will be under the rule of Babylon, he chooses to rejoice in the Lord, and is the example of the righteous living by their faith.
God as the Bible tells us you are like a mother hen gathering us under your wings keeping us safe. We ask that you continue to do so and that we offer our security to others. Amen.
Go with God!