Read: Habakkuk 1:1-2:20
They are deeply guilty, for their own strength is their god. Habakkuk 1:11b
The people of Jerusalem and Judah continue to live in sin, violence and injustice while worshiping other “gods.” Habakkuk cries out to the LORD asking, “can we get some retribution here.” When the LORD tells him of the destruction that is coming to them via the Babylonians, Habakkuk loudly protests. It’s an interesting exchange. In the midst of describing the Babylonians the LORD says that they are guilty because their strength is their god.
Sometimes we put our hope in our own capabilities whether it’s our wealth, our talents, our strength or the power we have acquired. We’re all susceptible to trust those things for security and satisfaction rather than God. They’re not golden figurines but according to God they are idols (god’s) nonetheless.
We all have the propensity to trust in our own strength, we try to fix problems ourselves before we pray about them first. So, where is this true of you and what steps can you take to worship God and not your own strength? Let me suggest developing the habit of praying first : ).
Father – forgive me for worshiping my own abilities and being slow to come to You with my problems. You are the only God I want in my life, because You are the only true God. Help me to remain ever aware of your presence and power and to always turn to You as my strength, my wisdom, my righteousness and my guide. Today I choose to worship You and not myself. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.