Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.
By David Wilkerson
“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4, my italics). The phrase I emphasize here is familiar to Christians all over the world. For centuries “living by faith” has motivated the daily decisions of believers in every generation.
Habakkuk’s prophecy here is the first mention of the concept of living by faith. To “live by faith” speaks of how we are justified and sanctified, how we find peace and joy, how we obtain victory over sin. These are all wonderful applications of Habakkuk’s powerful truth.
Habakkuk had received a dreadful burden from the Lord about a destructive calamity coming upon Israel. Habakkuk was grieved deeply by everything God showed him. But just when the prophet became overwhelmed by his burden, God gave him an incredible vision in chapter 1, verse 5.
How did Habakkuk respond? He hid himself away with the Lord in prayer. He set his heart to wait on God for a word to his people.