Updated: Jan 16, 2018
1/14/18 Habakkuk 1:12-2:5
One of my favorites sayings is an observation: “We want microwave solutions to crock pots problems”. This problem in Judah had been brewing for hundreds of years. And now they can’t understand why the plug is being pulled? So what does holy really mean if God doesn’t follow through on what He said He would do if the people turned their backs on Him? Reading the Law it becomes crystal clear that God commands obedience and disciplines disobedience, and even more so, unfaithfulness to Him. What does holy mean if it doesn’t mean sticking to His word? Would you want to stake your life on an unholy God?
Dennis Green, a former NFL coach gave us a memorable sound byte when he screamed in a post game presser, “They were who we thought they were and we let them off the hook!” Green was referring to the Bears to whom they had just given up a big lead (his team stopped playing hard and lost a big lead).
Isn’t God really who we thought He was? Holy. But instead we sometimes try and pretend He is not holy and will not follow through on His word. He is the God who follows through.
We need to be a people who follow through on our word to follow Him.
And wouldn't being THAT kind of holy mean having a certain deserved autonomy?
The least of their issue should have been complaining about they way God providing righteous judgment. That should have been their bigger concern.
How do you define holy? Why is holiness so important?
Think of some examples where we want the fix to be quick while the problem was a long time in the making... but we love instant fixes!
Turns out, that is not how a holy God tends to work.