by Heather Tietz
Behold, his soul is puffed up. It is not upright in him, but the righteous will live by his faith.
Turkeys puff up. Peacocks too. They’re supposed to! In the Spring, putting on feathery airs helps these birds attract a mate and propagate their species. But with humans, quite the opposite happens. Arrogance turns off.
Chaldeans in the Bible were puffed up. In his commentary, Matthew Henry explains that they were greedy for wealth. They were so eager for gain, they heartlessly stepped on others to reach financial heights, to fluff up their homes and puff up their reputations. They worshipped idols too and promoted drunkenness. Their leader, Nebuchadnezzar, led the arrogance parade, conquering the people groups around his kingdom, robbing them of their nobles and stealing their wealth. Habakkuk declares that God has plans to humble these people and all like them.
The prophet Habakkuk gives us advice - Don’t be like the Chaldeans. Don’t use wrong means to right yourself. Don’t pamper yourself at others’ expense. Don’t treat others as stepping stones to a new pedestal.
Wait instead. Pray. Trust. Let God build you up.