“The righteous will live by HIS faithfulness.” Habakkuk 2:4
This is what Paul quoted in his letter to the Romans and what Martin Luther quoted as he began his reformation. But it appears like either they both misquoted it or I have read it wrong all these years. It doesn’t say, as I have traditionally quoted Paul and Martin, “the just shall live by faith.” It says, “the just shall live by HIS faithfulness!” I like that much better.
My old way of saying it makes is sound a bit like my righteousness comes in direct proportion to how much faithfulness I can muster up. It’s MY faithfulness that gets me the righteousness for living. Habakkuk, the originator of the verse, reminded me this morning that it is not my, but HIS faithfulness that give me the righteousness by which I live.
Habakkuk wrote to God’s people just before the Babylonians took them captive for 70 years because they had continued to choose NOT to follow their Lord. The punishment for their sins was coming, BUT they could still live because of HIS faithfulness to them, in spite of their lack of faithfulness to Him! That gives me a lot of hope because I’m not too sure I want to rely on my faithfulness as my guarantee for life! His looks a lot better! I look righteous before God because of Jesus’ faithfulness to do what He has promised for me. The only catch I ever find in this “deal above all deals” is that I have to accept His faithfulness and love for me. The ONLY thing I’m going to be able to do in this deal called righteousness and life through Jesus’ faithfulness is to say, “Thank you.” That’s all!
Have a great day in thankfulness for HIS faithfulness,
Quote for the day: "What if we started treating our Bible like our cell phones."
PS Chapel today will be presented by Jennifer Woody, teacher at Auburn Academy. Join us at the church @ 10:30 for this high-energy speaker!
PPS “At the Core” Bible study each Tuesday night @ 7 in the Prescott Hall Prayer Room.
PPPS “Christ on Demand” Tuesday evenings @ 8:30 in the Lang Lobby (above the Ortner Center.)
PPPPS Check out www.ucollege.edu/interfaith for a new and exciting worship option, “The Bible and the Koran.” 7pm each Tuesday evening in the Bollinger Room above Ortner.
P…S David Yeagley from Sunset Lake Camp in Washington will be recruiting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Ortner.