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Habakkuk’s name means, “embrace.” To embrace with the heart what eyes do not see, this is the essence of faith and the power of chapter 2, verse 4: “The righteous will live by faith.” It was the byword of the Reformation of the sixteenth century.
Habakkuk and God relate through questions and answers similar to the Book of Job. But there is more intimacy and “give and take” here, than in Job. Yet as Job, the prophet has eyes of wonder at his world. Join your eyes with his as you read. Notice the contrast between how the book begins and how it ends.
Place yourself at a vantage point such as the prophet takes at the beginning of chapter 2. With eyes of faith, watch what God is going to say to you today in this reading and in the events of your day, which will be soaked with grace.
The righteous will live by faith. 2:4
I stand in awe of Your work. 3:2
Your glory covers the sky. 3:3
The earth is full of Your praise. 3:3
This is the first of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide,, Year C.
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Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets,in this season the Minor Prophets.
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