One Verse, Many Lessons

Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he.

Habakkuk 1:13

This verse contains several things for us to think about and meditate on.  First, God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.”  That should be a convicting thought to us as Christians.  When we sin and disobey the Lord, God can not even look at that.  God to too pure to look upon that.  That alone should give us an even greater desire to shun and avoid sin.  Think of Jesus on the cross, where He became sin for us.  God the Father was forced to turn His back on His own Son because He can not behold iniquity.  Jesus exclaimed there on the cross, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.”  The thought that Jesus went through that for us should humble us and make us even more grateful for what He did for us.

The prophet then asks why, while God can not look on iniquity, He would not destroy those wicked people who do wrong.  Of course the answer to that is the fact that God is merciful and longsuffering.  Far after we may have written someone off as being wicked and beyond hope, God is still extending to them His offer of salvation.

We then get another glimpse into human nature.  We see the wicked man who “devoureth the man that is more righteous than he.”  Isn’t that classic human nature?  When we someone “more righteous than we are,” isn’t our natural reaction to try to pick and find some fault with them?  It’s always easier to tear someone else down than it is to build ourselves up.

There are a lot of good lessons in this verse for us; I have only mentioned a few.  It would be a good one on which to meditate.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for our meditation on His word today! 🙂 God bless you as you constantly seek Him out!


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