Too many times we have to “learn things the hard way.” Rather than learning from the Scriptures or the examples (good and bad) of others, we blunder along determined to do things “our way.” Noone should say “no” to us, that would impinge on our “freedom!”
As the LORD unpacks for Habakkuk His answer to the prophet’s complaint, He issues a series of “Woes” – warnings about the consequences of sinful conduct.
“Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors,
pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk,
so that he can gaze on their naked bodies.”
Now, if that doesn’t sound like a summer party at a cottage, I don’t know what would? “Wine, women and song,” the hedonists crave, don’t they? Oh I know in our “advanced” “progressive” culture you wouldn’t want to challenge such behaviour. Don’t people have the freedom to “sow their wild oats” and then “pray for a crop failure?”
God warns those who ignore His warnings – “You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Not it is your turn! Drink and be exposed! The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory. The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed man’s blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them.”
So what are the lessons to be learned in 2014? Perhaps these 3 statements could be included in the application of this text…..
1) Not all “freedom” is motivated by “godliness.”
2) Sowing will always lead to reaping.
3) We are accountable to God for all of our conduct.