No one likes a consequence.
But we all want justice, don’t we?
Justice on our terms.
God was bringing punishment on His own people, His chosen nation of Israel who He had fashioned, and brought out of slavery, and entered into a covenant relationship with.
Do we really want justice where all are punished for their evil ways?
If so, then we must include ourselves.
Because we are not faultless.
There is a strong message for us in our culture today; we all deserve consequence from the Lord. None of us are blameless before a holy and righteous God.
Justice for some is a much more palatable message, isn’t it?
The Bible teaches we have all turned to our own ways, just like Israel was guilty of doing. (Isaiah 53:6)
As you read and reflect on the consequences coming towards Israel at the hand of the Babylonians, who literally took their prisoners by hook and pulled them into captivity (verse 15), consider how sin pulls us into imprisonment as well. Pause to consider what the Lord is revealing about your heart and the consequences each of us earn as a result of choosing sin.
There IS very good news in spite of all this sin, judgment, and consequence!
It’s coming next week in Pause 4, but if you just can’t wait, here it is in a word: FAITH!
Grab your Bible, a journal and pen,
and open your heart to bask in the presence of the Almighty!
1) Read through Habakkuk 1:14-17 out loud today twice. Slowly. Explore deeper by studying some cross-references or looking through some commentaries to provide more insight into Habakkuk’s words about the Chaldean, or Babylonian, nation. A great place to start is studylight.org and type in any verse, then click “study tools” and click on a commentary to read their insights.
2) We are so excited to share this hand-crafted Spotify playlist! We created it as we prayed over *you*. Put this playlist on repeat this weekend and be reminded of the rich truths God has shown you this week in Pause 4!
14 You have made mankind
like the fish of the sea,
like marine creatures that have no ruler.
15 The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook,
catch them in their dragnet,
and gather them in their fishing net;
that is why they are glad and rejoice.
16 That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet
and burn incense to their fishing net,
for by these things their portion is rich
and their food plentiful.
17 Will they therefore empty their net
and continually slaughter nations without mercy?
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!