Setting Things Right

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:6-14 Will not your debtors suddenly arise? (v. 7) All is not right with the world. ISIS strikes out violently. Ebola spreads across nations, claiming lives. Shooters massacre the innocent in schools and parliament buildings. Violence screams, but peace only whispers. God promises to set things right. While God had promised to use the Chaldeans to discipline the people of Israel, they had overstepped their place. Just because God used them for his just purposes doesn’t mean …

Setting Things Right

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:1-5 The righteous shall live by his faith (v. 4) All is not right with the world. ISIS strikes out violently. Ebola spreads across nations, claiming lives. Shooters massacre the innocent in schools and parliament buildings. Violence screams, but peace only whispers. God promises to set things right. While God had promised to use the Chaldeans to discipline the people of Israel, they had overstepped their place. Just because God used them for his just purposes doesn’t …

Faith and Trust

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:1-5 The righteous shall live by his faith (v. 4) Trusting people is hard. It seems that a week does not go by without the news reporting yet another scandal. Another public figure’s dark secrets come to light. We can easily become cynical, assuming everyone is holding something back from us. Habakkuk saw the evil of the world around him, too. He saw his own people leaving God and putting their trust in other things. He saw …

No Delay

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:1-5 If it seems slow, wait for it. (v. 3) “Are we there yet?” Many children have annoyed their parents with this question on a road trip. The child is excited to reach the destination, but impatient about getting there. The parent knows when they will arrive, but the children still get antsy. Habakkuk waited for deliverance. God had given him a vision of divine redemption in large, bold letters. Yet, this vision was not going according …

At the Watchtower

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 2:1-5 I will take my stand at my watchpost. (v. 1) Sometimes large buildings will hire night watchmen. They maintain the safety of the building and wait for the dawn. The night watchmen work all night, but they do not make anything. They have nothing to show for their work. They simply wait and watch. The watchmen wait for the dawn before any light creeps over the horizon. They wait for a dawn they trust will come, …

Waiting for an Answer

Stephen Shaffer

READ : Habakkuk 1:12-17 . . . when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? (v. 13) No one likes to be put on hold. The cheesy music. The waiting. The frustration of not being heard. Even the most patient person can sometimes boil over after sitting on hold for 30 minutes. Waiting for complaints or concerns to be heard requires immense patience. Habakkuk had to wait too. He had complained that God did not seem to …