Good Feet

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 3:17-19 . . . he makes my feet like the deer’s. (v. 19) Deer in Israel, known as ibex, have specially designed feet. These small deer have feet created for life in the mountains. They cling to the rocks, enabling them to climb what looks, to us, like a sheer cliff. Where we might slip and fall, the ibex walks confidently. The rough, rocky terrain is their home. They walk sure-footedly through the difficult paths of the …

Rejoice in the Unseen

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 3:10-19 . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord. (v. 18) A few years back, it seemed like everywhere I went, I saw a bumper sticker, T-shirt, or key chain that proclaimed “Life is good.” The simple statement, with its smiling stick figure, captured the sense of joy in the goodness of life. But I never saw a bumper sticker that said, “Life is not good.” What about when it is not? Rejoicing in God’s …

Judgment and Mercy

Stephen Shaffer

READ : In the midst of the years revive it . . . (v. 2) Courtrooms are designed for judgment. The responsibility of the judge or jury is to pronounce judgment on the accused. On occasions when someone is convicted of a crime, they may plead with the judge for mercy. When it comes to their sentencing, they receive either that, or judgment. Habakkuk prays for judgment and mercy. Throughout the book of Habakkuk, God has promised judgment. Judgment first …

Silent Idols, Speaking God

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:15-20 . . . let all the earth keep silence before him. (v. 20) It is a common practice in North America to have a Christmas tree. Sometimes a live tree is chopped down and set up in the home and sometimes an artificial tree is purchased. These trees are decorated with colorful ornaments, tinsel, and lights. People work hard to make the trees look beautiful and their homes inviting. Yet, no matter how much we dress …

Thy Kingdom Come

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:7-14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD. . . . (v. 14) Once, when Jesus’ disciples asked him how to pray, he responded by teaching them to pray, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). Jesus taught them—and us—to pray that God’s kingdom would come and God’s will be done across the world. This prayer goes back at least …

Foundations

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:7-14 Woe to him who builds a town with blood . . . ! (v. 12) My extended family is building a new barn. Before they begin building, contractors take soil samples to determine how deep, how wide, and what kind of foundation to lay. Clay-rich soil would mean a different foundation than sandy soil. A strong foundation will allow the barn to last, while a weak foundation might mean it crumbles while we are still using …