Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by faith.
If you have been a believer for more than a minute, you are familiar with the last part of this verse “the just shall live by faith”. The apostle Paul quoted it twice in the New Testament and the writer of Hebrews also quoted it.
Habakkuk penned those words from Gods response to using the Chaldeans (Babylonians) to bring impending judgment upon Judah for their sins. Habakkuk could not understand why an “everlasting and Holy God” (Hab 1:12) would use a nation so terrible and dreadful as the Chaldeans to bring judgment upon his people. Gods response to Habakkuk was essentially this, don’t question how or why I do things, I am Sovereign, your job is to live by faith.
How many times do we question God when things don’t go as planned? We question God when a coworker gets promoted and we don’t. We don’t understand why some people "get away" with sin or seem to have a better life. We are confused when “our” candidate doesn’t get elected or why God doesn’t bring immediate judgment on ISIS or Al Qaeda or Nations who repress Christianity. Those 6 words “The just shall live by faith” are just as relevant today as they were in 610 BC when God told Habakkuk. Make no mistake, God is Sovereign and whatever tool He chooses, He uses for His pleasure and purposes.
The Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul and the writer of Hebrews emphasized how we are to apply those words. In Romans 1:17 Paul emphasizes the word “Just” or righteous. In Galatians 3:11, he emphasizes “live” and the writer of Hebrews 10:38 emphasizes “faith”.
We do not get righteousness from ourselves, our righteousness is found in God through Christ (II Cor 5:21). Righteousness is conforming to His will. We are righteous when we are acceptable to God. We are righteous when we are living for Him. Apart from God any righteous we might have are as filthy rags. We are to live by faith, not by works of the law, nor by our religious duties as to obtain some counterfeit righteousness. The faith we have is an enduring faith, a confidence in eternal life, a saving faith that perseveres through anything that comes our way. Faith that says there is no more condemnation and nothing on this earth will separate us from the love of God.
The Just shall Live by Faith