Daily Devotional
When Evil Seems to Triumph

“An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power, and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?”

Jeremiah 5:30-31

Ponder This

Israel’s condition in Habakkuk’s day was so deplorable, not only Habakkuk but his fellow prophet Jeremiah, known as “the weeping prophet,” mourned over it.

Today we have a generation of preachers, unlike Habakkuk and Jeremiah, who tell people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear, who teach falsely, serving for gain––and the people love it that way.

What do God’s people do when biblical principles are being cast aside?

  • First, be assured of this: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). One day, God is going to put His Son upon His holy hill of Zion. It has not arrived yet, but that day of reckoning is coming.
  • Second, remember, God is in control. Habakkuk says, “The Lord is in His holy temple…” and He isn’t turning loose of the reins (Habakkuk 2:20).

When Habakkuk asked, “God, where are You?”, He answered, “I’m right up here in My holy temple. There’s no panic. The Holy Trinity is not meeting in an emergency session. I know what I’m doing.”

Practice This

God has not lost control.

  • Listen to the reliability of the Scriptures.
  • See the reign of the Savior.
  • Know there’s going to be retribution for the sinner.
  • And rely on God’s grace.


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