Today's Daily Bread
THE LORD IS IN HIS HOLY TEMPLE
First, as the waters cover the sea (6-14). The Lord spoke "woes" against the very sins that Habakkuk viewed every day. God saw those who gained wealth by ruining others. He saw those who worked unscrupulously to build cities and towns, only with bloodshed. God was not blind to sin or ignoring it. Here he spoke to the prophet of his holy vision. The Lord is preparing the whole earth to be full of the knowledge of his glory. He is ruling all history according to his purpose.
Second, let the earth be silent before him (15-20). Sinful men are driven by physical desires, both individually and collectively. God called his people to be different-to be holy-but instead they worshiped idols made by their own hands and rejected the Holy One who called them. Where is God in all of this? He is in his holy temple. God is ruling all things. We are easily ruled by what we see, or by our human desires, but in those things God calls us to come before him, be silent and acknowledge his glorious rule. Only his rule has the power to give life.