December 2, 2023

Habakkuk 2:4,“Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just
shall live by his faith.”
Pride is a horrible thing. But this is not about pride, it is about faith. We do
not understand why others seem to live a life of horrendous sin against God
and thrive and others who have a spiritual relationship with Him suffer.
We may see the arrogant pride of the lost boast in their sin, but the day
of reckoning is coming. The question for God’s people is what are we to do in
the meantime. We witness this arrogant pride across America today. We see
the sin of the lost roam freely across the TV screen and hear it on the radio.
More and more people are turning away from the God of Scripture and
posing a model of self-reliance. We see the sin of America not just in the
streets but even in the institutions professing the God of Scripture. How
many are now succumbing to the pressure of the lost and forsaking God!
Habakkuk witnessed this in Israel. Where do the faithful followers of God go
when we are surrounded by the wicked evil of Satan and his followers. One
boy was arrested in a parochial school this week because he stood for God’s
righteousness and against transgenderism. Evil is growing all around us.
Who do we turn to? A church in Georgia proudly boasts the inclusiveness of
sin against God.
Habakkuk’s soul was in pain witnessing the sin of the nation. So, where do
we turn. Who do we turn to? How many have given up on the great
institutions of God? The family has been destroyed. (More commentary on
this later.) The institution of the government is now destroying the
foundation of God. Many have given up on the church! Why? Why have they
given up on the church. My humble opinion is the church has given up on
God! No longer is the whole truth of God being proclaimed but a political and
social gospel, which is no gospel at all, is being spewed from the once sacred
pulpits across the nation.

Psalm 73:16–17, “16 When I thought how to understand this, It was too
painful for me— 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I
understood their end.” The pain of sinful rebellion against God is more than
we can bear. Habakkuk understood this as the Psalmist did.
The true follower of God lives by faith in Him. We do not surrender, we do
not weep, we do not bow to the pressures of the satanic followers.
We stand by faith. We come together in the fellowship of believers, followers

of Christ. None of it is so spiritual that we can take pride in who we are.
We humbly submit our lives to God. We are encouraged to stand by faith!
We are encouraged to come together in God’s sanctuary, the church.
I stand with Joshua! Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) — 15 And if it seems evil to you to
serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,
whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of
the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as
for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”