“I hear a cry, like that of a woman in labor, the groans of a woman giving birth to her first child. It is beautiful Jerusalem gasping for breath and crying out, “Help! I’m being murdered!” Jeremiah 4:31
Instead of seductive words from an adorned woman, Jeremiah prophetically heard a woman crying in pain and fear, as if she were giving birth. The screaming came from the daughter of Zion, who in the misery of her judgment finally understood her condition. God causes Babylon to attach Jerusalem because of their sins. Habakkuk did not understand why God would judge Jerusalem using their enemies. After a discussion with God, Habakkuk realized what was happening. “I trembled inside when I heard this; my lips quivered with fear. My legs gave way beneath me, and I shook in terror. I will wait quietly for the coming day when disaster will strike the people who invade us.” (Habakkuk 3:16) Habakkuk came to God and said, “Why are you doing these things? Why are you permitting me to see evil? Why don’t you move?” Now we see Habakkuk realizing that God knows what He is doing. After God answers Habakkuk in chapter 2, we see a man that fears God and knows that He is all powerful. This is what we need today. We need a fear and respect for God. Today nobody has respect for anything. Many years ago I had a gentleman that I respected greatly. He told me that I should call him by his first name. I told him that I just could not do it. My respect for him was too great. It was not that I feared him; it was I felt that he was such a man of principals and I was too young to call him by his first name. We don’t need to fear God, but we need to show respect for Him. We need to realize that God is all powerful, but He is all loving also. We need to realize that God will meet all of our needs, but not all of our wants. God will judge our sins unless we come to Jesus and repent of our sins.