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Read Habakkuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4


Read Habakkuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4

The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.
 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not listen?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
 Why do you make me see wrongdoing
and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise


I will stand at my watchpost,
and station myself on the rampart;
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me,
and what he will answer concerning my complaint.
 Then the Lord answered me and said:
Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so that a runner may read it.
 For there is still a vision for the appointed time;
it speaks of the end, and does not lie.
If it seems to tarry, wait for it;
it will surely come, it will not delay.
 Look at the proud!
Their spirit is not right in them,
but the righteous live by their faith.

Think

In the 7th Century before Christ the prophet Habakkuk stood up to speak out against the corruption of those who were powerful.  I particularly like 2:3-4.
You might be tempted to be a part of the corruption – a part of the injustice of the world.  But know that ‘your spirit will not be right within you’.  ‘The righteous live by their faith.’

 Pray

Lord, sometimes I want to take things into my own hands in order to get what I want.  Help me to let go of what I want, and trust you for what I need.  So that my Spirit would be right within me.
Amen.

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