I doubt James intended to imply that patient forbearance will restore fortunes. Instead, the end of his letter points back to the beginning. Patient forbearance is the rich soil in which the implanted seed can bear fruit, producing an abundant harvest of godliness.
God's majesty, God's glory made all else recede, so that Habakkuk was focused on God, not on his current circumstances, nor the dreadful times to come.
A life of thankfulness to God is seen partly in whether you are thankful towards the people God has placed in your life and mine who care for us.
Habakkuk was to live by his faith in God, then he would see how God was at work.
Anger often indicates a blocked goal….that we’ve made a legitimate desire into an illegitimate goal.
Tempered in wisdom, in an abiding faith in God, and in a knowledge of scripture, Habakkuk spent time in meditation, allowing the light of God’s word to shine onto his questions.
There is no power in all the physical world or the spiritual realm that is not ultimately under the authority and dominion of Almighty God. Things are not always what they appear to be.
After we’ve had a chance to settle in with Hosea (who is listed first, and who also came first), it would be great to see who were contemporaries, who were probably having conversations with each other, and which prophets wrote about the same theme but ended their books very differently.
This week, I'm starting a new series from the Hebrew Bible (what many refer to as the "Old Testament"). I've long been fascinated with the poetry, imagery, and intensity of the prophets, and especially intrigued with the minor prophets--maybe because the only place I ever heard teaching on all twelve books was in the Bible study I used to be a part of.