When I first saw the sign I didn’t understand it.
Reference: ““Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by injustice!” Habakkuk 2:12 NIV
Explore: “In event of fire, do not use lift.”
Growing up in a small country town I didn’t see many lifts. But now I live in the city I see this sign every time I go to a multi-level building.
When I first saw the sign I didn’t understand it. Surely if there was a fire you would want to escape the building as quickly as possible and a lift would be quicker than the stairs.
Once I thought about it, however, I realised the incredible danger of being in a metal box in the middle of a building on fire. Not your best escape route!
Application: Sometimes I’ll read things in the Bible that initially don’t make sense. I wonder if the author got it wrong or maybe God is not who I thought He was.
But often, upon greater reflection, I see the wisdom in the words God gives us.
Jesus told us “Blessed are the poor” and here in Habakkuk we read “Woe to him who builds a city”. There are times when our understanding here on earth is far removed from the understanding of God.
Surely, anyone who builds success, even when doing so through injustice and greed, seems to be blessed. And yet God sees them differently.
It’s a good reminder for us not to see people and situations through our earthly eyes but to add a heavenly perspective to what we see.
Prayer: Lord, may we aim for blessings that come from You, not from earthly approval or wealth. Amen.
What situation do you need to add some heavenly perspective to?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.