Thursday, September 27, 2012

Habakkuk 1-3; Zephaniah 1-3

Daily Reading
Habakkuk 1-3; Zephaniah 1-3

Daily Thought

Habakkuk is puzzled that God would use a wicked nation to discipline his people. Judah deserved the punishment, but at the hands of the Chaldeans? "Why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?" (Habakkuk 1:13). 

God responded, they will get what's coming to them; "Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, to set his nest on high" (Habakkuk 2:9). God was assuring Habakkuk, and informing the Chaldeans of an eternal truth before an all-knowing God, "Your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23). 

I have since childhood rooted for the University of Southern California football team. A few years back, USC had a coach and a running back who together won 34 consecutive games, two National Championships, and a Heisman Trophy. That would be quite a legacy, but it wasn't theirs. They had gotten evil gain for their house, to set their nest on high. They cheated. 

On June 10, 2010, the NCAA announced major sanctions against the Trojans. They were stripped of all victories in games featuring the running back, including a national championship. All titles won must be vacated, the banners draping the ceilings taken down, the trophies on the shelves removed; the Heisman, too. "For the stone will cry out from the wall, and the beam from the woodwork respond" (Habakkuk 2:11). This is their legacy.

Daily Prayer

My God, Yours is the Name above all names. There is authority in Your Name, and in Your Name I find life. Your Name is holy and good, righteous and powerful.

As a follower of Your Son, Jesus Christ, I wear Your Name. May the life I live not empty Your Name of glory, may I never take Your Name in vain or make light of it.  In all I do, may He receive glory and praise.


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