30 Nov Puffed Up – 11/30/20
Habakkuk 2:4 – “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright – but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness”
“The enemy is puffed up.” The enemy is arrogant. The enemy is self-sufficient. It is in the times where I try to be self-sufficient, that I become my own worst enemy. It is in the times where I try to be my own god, that I am the most damaging and damaged. I praise God that my righteousness, my justification, does not depend on my performance; because my performance includes the times I have been puffed up, with desires that are not upright. If my righteousness was credited to me by my own doing, I would certainly not be enough. But Christ died to declare that I am enough, and if I may have faith in Him alone, I would be made righteous. Is there righteousness apart from faith? I know without faith, there is no hope. Without faith in Jesus Christ, I have no hope for this life. And I want an abundance of hope, so I want to live by faithfulness. I praise God for the gift of faithfulness because it provides me with purpose. I praise God that I can taste a righteousness that has absolutely nothing to do with my own doing, yet has absolutely everything to do with His.
In times of hurt and shame, where righteousness seems unobtainable, I may only have the faith as small as a mustard seed. But even with faith that small, you declare me righteous. I don’t even need to have an impressive amount of faith; I don’t need to be impressive at all. Lord, I’m not impressive. But you are. If we have any faith at all, you are transformative; if we have any faith at all, you are redemptive. Why, then, would I not possibly want to place more of my faith in you? Lord, show us how to live by faithfulness. Because you are our only hope. You are our living hope. And for that, we praise you. In your Son’s precious name, Amen.