August 26, Reading 2 – Habakkuk 1

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SAA Notes

Judah was torn by violence and great injustice in Manasseh’s reign. Habakkuk complained that God wouldn’t listen to his cries for relief, for revival. God’s answer was that a terrible judgment, not revival was coming. This is a call for repentance as in Hezekiah’s day when the LORD delivered Jerusalem.

SJA Notes

* Mighty God, please teach us from Your word today.

“So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.”

The law is paralyzed.

Justice never goes forth, and when it does go out it is perverted.

These statements from Habakkuk should be ringing bells for us today.

We see this clearly in our world today, both in other nations and in our own public square.

What is the answer?

When we see the wicked surround the righteous, what can be done?

When God’s people were taken into exile to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, Jeremiah spoke these words for them to do,

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

God has placed us where He wants us. He is working the good of His people. And we are to seek the welfare, work for the good, where He has us.

This can be a hard word. But it is God’s word.

* Father God,

Thank You for Your sovereign will. Please help us to trust Your will for us, and to go about each day doing Your will.

Please help us tomorrow to seek the welfare of where You have placed us.

Amen.

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