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A High Stand - Extracted From "Jottings"

Habakkuk took a high stand, and walked upon his high places, despite the adverse voice of all natural things. He rejoiced in God though there should be no figs, grapes or olives; no grain, no flocks, no herds; the whole land utterly waste and barren; for to him the Lord had spoken words pregnant with life and power which thrilled his being: "The just shall live by his faith;" words which turned his eye to see Him who is invisible: One all-sufficient for every circumstance of life.

Not only did the prophet hear that "the just shall live by his faith," but he saw the vision and was told: "Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay" (chapter 2:3).

This the apostle in Hebrews quotes in connection with the Lord's coming (Hebrews 10:37, 38). Though the mighty Nebuchadnezzar was coming to destroy, yet after him would come the King of kings, the Messiah of Israel, who would right the wrongs that others had done. We too, must wait His coming, the while maintaining our ground upon God's high place, for He that cometh shall come, and with Him there is, and can be, no tarrying. Let none shrink back into perdition and lose their life in God's service.

It is well, too, to remember that Nebuchadnezzar, though he destroyed God's people and desolated their land, was himself brought to praise the King of heaven (Daniel 4:37), who was Israel's God. Think also of the apostle Paul, who persecuted the church of God in Jerusalem, and laid it waste, that the day came when the grace of God reached him, and how he sorrowed that he had made havoc of the church of God; and also how he was instrumental in planting many such churches as he had persecuted in his early life.

All who fight against God, His truth and His people, will one day see the error of their way: so let us in the day of strife and trouble continue to hold fast and to stand fast with feet like hinds' feet, maintaining our position on our high places by strength divinely given.