Week Thirty-One – Verse by Verse Devotional Series – The Prophets: Habakkuk
The prophet Habakkuk must speak to God and his nation about the coming destruction by the Babylonians.
Sunday, August 2
1:2 How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Prayer: God, please excuse our impatience when we desire to be heard.
Thought for the day: God has heard it all before. God really does understand.
Monday, August 3
1:6 I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own.
Prayer: God, we affirm that the choice is yours if you choose to let our nation stand or fall.
Thought for the day: God uses those most available and prepared to do God’s bidding.
Tuesday, August 4
1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, you cannot tolerate wrong. Why the do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
Prayer: Jesus, we confess that to our eyes and minds the world is full of moral contradictions.
Thought for the day: Our demand for immediate justice may be misplaced in a world of ultimate justice.
Wednesday, August 5
2:4 See, he is puffed up, his desires are not upright – but the righteous will live by his faith.
Prayer: Jesus, by faith in you we shall live.
Thought for the day: We may choose faith as a momentary experience of a lifetime commitment.
Thursday, August 6
2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Prayer: O God, your glory, your honor, your praise will fill the earth. Accept our humble praise this day.
Thought for the day: Though humanity may manipulate the elements today, God’s creation can never forget its true creator.
Friday, August 7
3:2 Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
Prayer: God our Heavenly Father, we seek mercy above all when we ask for your intervention in the affairs of humanity.
Thought for the day: Mercy sweetens wrath as sugar sweetens lemonade.
Saturday, August 8
3:17-18 Thought the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, thought there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in my God and Savior.
Prayer: O God, our joy is in you. Help us to keep our eyes ever focused upon you.
Thought for the day: The joy of the Lord always outlasts the batteries that power our toys of happiness.