This post is Day 21 in a series of studies about “Habakkuk”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Habakkuk – Day 21
Without the forgiveness of Jesus acquired on the cross we would be dramatically affected by the attitude God holds towards sin. Maybe most of us reading this have not committed the sins named in this chapter. But many of us have had very condemning thoughts about others.
The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed human blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.
The Lord’s tirade continues! But our reaction to all His complaints and accusations has to be “Thank You Lord for Jesus!” Without Jesus’s forgiveness on the cross we would be dramatically affected by God’s attitude to sin. We would be guilty of much of what the Israelites were accused of in this “courtroom”. Maybe most of us reading this have not committed the sins named in this chapter. But many of us have had very condemning thoughts about others. We have not spoken up about evil and we have turned a blind eye. We have not got involved to try to bring for truth where it was lacking.
Praise God for Jesus “who forgives all our sins, and heals all our diseases” (Psalm 103:3).
Please note that Habakkuk had personally done few, if any, of these things God is naming, but his forefathers had. There seems to be little understanding these days of how the sins of the fathers are visited to the children to the 3rd & 4th generation of those who don’t follow The Lord (Exodus 20:5).
None of us really know what has happened to individuals in our family tree, but God knows and He remembers.
Praise God that He knows the truth about your life, and whether it has been mainly good or mainly bad He still loves you.
But His rules still apply, so as you pray today ask Father God if there is anything that you should repent of on behalf of others in your family line, people who disregarded our Saviour Jesus. Thank Father God that you are His child and ask Him to wipe away that past so that you can live in His love today.