Habakkuk 2* Habakkuk must wait in faith. (1-4) Judgments upon theChaldeans. (5-14) Also upon drunkenness and idolatry. (15-20)1-4 When tossed and perplexed with doubts about the methods ofProvidence, we must watch against temptations to be impatient.When we have poured out complaints and requests before God, wemust observe the answers God gives by his word, his Spirit, andprovidences; what the Lord will say to our case. God will notdisappoint the believing expectations of those who wait to hearwhat he will say unto them. All are concerned in the truths ofGod's word. Though the promised favour be deferred long, it willcome at last, and abundantly recompense us for waiting. Thehumble, broken-hearted, repenting sinner, alone seeks to obtainan interest in this salvation. He will rest his soul on thepromise, and on Christ, in and through whom it is given. Thus hewalks and works, as well as lives by faith, perseveres to theend, and is exalted to glory; while those who distrust ordespise God's all-sufficiency will not walk uprightly with him.The just shall live by faith in these precious promises, whilethe performance of them is deferred. Only those made just byfaith, shall live, shall be happy here and for ever. 5-14 The prophet reads the doom of all proud and oppressivepowers that bear hard upon God's people. The lusts of the flesh,the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, are the entanglingsnares of men; and we find him that led Israel captive, himselfled captive by each of these. No more of what we have is to bereckoned ours, than what we come honestly by. Riches are butclay, thick clay; what are gold and silver but white and yellowearth? Those who travel through thick clay, are hindered anddirtied in their journey; so are those who go through the worldin the midst of abundance of wealth. And what fools are thosethat burden themselves with continual care about it; with agreat deal of guilt in getting, saving, and spending it, andwith a heavy account which they must give another day! Theyoverload themselves with this thick clay, and so sink themselvesdown into destruction and perdition. See what will be the endhereof; what is gotten by violence from others, others shalltake away by violence. Covetousness brings disquiet anduneasiness into a family; he that is greedy of gain troubles hisown house; what is worse, it brings the curse of God upon allthe affairs of it. There is a lawful gain, which, by theblessing of God, may be a comfort to a house; but what is got byfraud and injustice, will bring poverty and ruin upon a family.Yet that is not the worst; Thou hast sinned against thine ownsoul, hast endangered it. Those who wrong their neighbours, domuch greater wrong to their own souls. If the sinner thinks hehas managed his frauds and violence with art and contrivance,the riches and possessions he heaped together will witnessagainst him. There are not greater drudges in the world thanthose who are slaves to mere wordly pursuits. And what comes ofit? They find themselves disappointed of it, and disappointed init; they will own it is worse than vanity, it is vexation ofspirit. By staining and sinking earthly glory, God manifests andmagnifies his own glory, and fills the earth with the knowledgeof it, as plentifully as waters cover the sea, which are deep,and spread far and wide. 15-20 A severe woe is pronounced against drunkenness; it isvery fearful against all who are guilty of drunkenness at anytime, and in any place, from the stately palace to the paltryale-house. To give one drink who is in want, who is thirsty andpoor, or a weary traveller, or ready to perish, is charity; butto give a neighbour drink, that he may expose himself, maydisclose secret concerns, or be drawn into a bad bargain, or forany such purpose, this is wickedness. To be guilty of this sin,to take pleasure in it, is to do what we can towards the murderboth of soul and body. There is woe to him, and punishmentanswering to the sin. The folly of worshipping idols is exposed.The Lord is in his holy temple in heaven, where we have accessto him in the way he has appointed. May we welcome hissalvation, and worship him in his earthly temples, throughChrist Jesus, and by the influence of the Holy Spirit.
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