Key Verse: Verse 2 - "O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!"
Key Words: how long shall I cry
God has opened the spiritual eyes of Habakkuk and shown him the violence that lay ahead for Israel because of their iniquity (verse 2). So Habakkuk cries out to Israel, but they are not going to hear.
There is none so blind as those who will not see and none so deaf as those who will not hear. That’s pretty much the picture of Israel—they are not going to him, so their violence will come upon them. Stubbornness and a refusal to hear leads many to their downfall.
In 1937 architect Frank Lloyd Wright built a house for industrialist Hibbard Johnson. One rainy evening Johnson was entertaining guests for dinner when the roof began to leak. The water seeped through directly above Johnson himself, dripping steadily onto his bald head. Irate, he called Wright in Phoenix, Arizona. “Frank,” he said, “you built this beautiful house for me and we enjoy it very much. But I have told you the roof leaks, and right now I am with some friends and distinguished guests, and it is leaking right on top of my head.” Wright’s reply was heard by all of the guests. “Well, Hib, why don’t you move your chair?”
What to do:
✞ Remember, stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry (I Samuel 15:23).
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