Habakkuk 2:3-4 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
Faith is the currency of Heaven: it is by faith that we unlock all that God has in store for us. The proof that this is true is revealed in Hebrews 11 which showed that all the icons of the Bible access their purpose and promise by faith. What can we learn from this? In order to replicate their success, we too must live by faith; that was the essence of the message being communicated by Habakkuk 2:4 when it says: “the just shall live by faith”.
It is important to live by faith because the vision that God has given you for your life will not happen immediately. Habakkuk 2:3 states that “the vision is for an appointed time”. God has a set time to bring to past what He has promised concerning your life. Because His timing is not our timing, the issue that normally arises is that the promise takes a longer time to manifest than the timeframe we set ourselves. As a result, doubt and fear may creep in and further elongate the time it takes as was the case for the Israelites who spent longer than they should in the wilderness. As believers, we have no choice but to live by faith. The New Testament covenant with God is based on faith. The use of the word “shall” in the phrase “the just shall live by faith” should be a reminder of that.
How can we live every day by faith? Abraham set the example for us. In Genesis 15:4-5 God made him two promises. The first was that he would produce a child in his old age, speaking of Isaac. The second portion of the promise was that his seed would multiply to become as the stars in heaven. As far-fetched as that sounded, the Bible said in Genesis 15:6 “Abraham believed the Lord”; and thereafter lived every day with an expectation that what God had promised would come to pass. To live by faith, we must emulate what Abraham did.
Life Application: Live everyday by faith by choosing to believe in God and maintain an expectation of what He has promised by continually thinking and acting upon what He has promised.
Prayer: Lord, help me to live everyday by faith. I choose to believe you and your word over my fears and doubts. In Jesus’ name, amen.