Believer’s Humility

Hab 3:16 I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

This verse makes yet another significant shift in voice. Habakkuk transitions from praising God to speaking his own vows of allegiance to God. It is almost as if the author suddenly realizes that when confronted with the greatness of God the only appropriate response is abject humility. Habakkuk acknowledges the his own low position. This attitude is virtually identical to the attitude Paul took in his various letters where he reckoned himself unworthy (1 Tim 1:15). Both of these men understood that they had every reason to stand in fear of the wrath of God who demands holiness. They also understood that faith is greater than law and that God offers love and salvation to the faithful as surely as He offers wrath to the unrepentant.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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