The first thing that strikes me about this chapter is that Habakkuk is waiting on the Lord. He is standing watch to see what the Lord will say to him.
I am not a patient person nor do I care to be corrected. But waiting on the Lord is of great importance. I have no knowledge that compares to the Father, the Creator of all. So patiently waiting for His answer (no matter what the reply will be) is on of the greatest ways to show Him respect (in my opinion).
Let’s jump to Proverbs 1:1-7 :
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion –
A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Here we have it spelled out very clearly that the only way to gain godly understanding, wisdom, justice, judgment and equity is to fear the Lord. If we do not fear the Lord, how will we trust that His wisdom and knowledge is greater than our own? If we don’t trust Him, how can we expect to wait for His answer?
Psalm 37:1-11 goes right along with Habakkuk. It says:
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret – it only causes harm.
For evildoers will be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.
For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more;
Indeed, you will look carefully for his place,
But it shall be no more.
But the meek shall inherit the earth,
And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Oh, how rich are the promises of God! The Lord is saying in Habakkuk and in Psalm 37 not to worry about the wicked because He knows their end. They will be cut off, but those who wait on the Lord will inherit the earth.
At the end of chapter two the Lord tells Habakkuk that there is no profit in setting up false idols who can do nothing. They can’t speak, they cannot hear, they can’t teach, they can do nothing. I have found that instead of trusting the Lord, my Creator, I often trust other “things” to give me answers, comfort, etc. I have discovered that doing this only brings me more worries, more discomfort, more stress. The very last verse in Habakkuk says, “But the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silent before Him.” Sometimes our best form of worship is being silent before the Lord. Trusting and resting in Him alone.