“What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. But the LORD is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him.” Habakkuk 2:18-20 (KJV)
Habakkuk was a prophet like others, and other people who have asked the question “Where is God in the matter of justice?”; or “Why does God not judge wickedness?” I have noticed in reading these questions, and having asked them myself a time or two, that God never gives a direct answer, but always takes us to Himself.
God had told this prophet that He was basically judging evil, even by using an evil king and nation to do it. I have learned that if we want to know about evil and justice, then we first need to look inward.
With Habakkuk, the LORD was showing that this nation which He was using to chastise His own people was idol worshipers. They would one day find out that they were going to experience justice as well; the judgment of God. The prophet Ezekiel says at least 63 times, “They shall know that I am the LORD”… the word “They” may be “You” a few times. They would one day find the truth in the One who created us all.
Every idol will one day be exposed for what it is. There is idolatry in every nation on earth; yes, even the U. S. of A. We have an idol in New York harbor, that we hold more dear than we do the word of the LORD. We revere the words of physicians over the word of the LORD. We hold the word of financiers as more valuable than the word of the LORD. We value science over the word of the LORD. These idols will one day come crashing down.
However, “…The LORD is in His holy temple…”, and that is speaking of His heavenly throne, and in this world, His temple is also within those who have believed in Him through His Son Jesus, and the cross, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Son of God, God the Son (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Let the children of God, all Christians, cast off the works of the flesh, and put on the garments of salvation (Romans 13:12, 14; Galatians 3:27), and show forth the glory of Jesus our Lord and Savior. This would be revival in the truest sense of the word.
When God’s people repent of their sins and come out of the world, then by the grace and power of God, there will be change in the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of the earth.