Bad Building

06. September 2006 Habbakuk 0

Text: Habakkuk 2:6-14 Theme: Laboring for ourselves only brings ruin Key verses: Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion. (v. 6) Woe to him who builds his realm by unjust gain (v. 9) Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime! Has not the Lord determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as waters cover the sea.(v. 12-14) What God said to me: When you feel exhausted check your motives. Are you tiring yourself out for me? Or do you labor for yourself? Extortion, bloodshed, greed, these all lead to destruction. Sure you may not see it now. But the day is coming when all the earth will be under my dominion and reign. All will see my glory and bow. So look yourself in the mirror and say a good strong woe. Never forget that only what’s done for Christ will last. What I said to God: Holy Father, Almighty God, I choose not to wait to have to bow. Help me not labor in vain. I listen today to your prompting, to only to what you say when you say it. Check my heart, search my motives. Show me any wicked ways. I am thrilled that your glory will be revealed for all to see. I am fearful that I might not recognize your greatness and authority before it’s forced upon me. Help me and my family bow now.