And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
Habakkuk seems to have been wonderfully impressed with a sense of God's majesty and power. And well he might be. We are astonished at the exhibitions of His creative power. But there is an unseen power — an invisible and subtle agent in the Divine arm, and in the Divine government. The Almighty often works in disguise, in a way, at least, in which we do not at the time recognise His hand. He often throws a thick cloud around His plans, and a mask about His operations which even the eye of faith cannot penetrate. Behind a screen He devises His most stupendous purposes. Look at some manifestations of hidden power.
I. AS NATURAL AND PHYSICAL FORCES. Illustrations in nature. Acorn. Corn grains in mummy cases. Elements of gunpowder. Steam, or power concealed in water-drops. Electricity. Telephone.
II. AS MORAL AND SPIRITUAL FORCES. The latent power there is in the simple Gospel of Christ and its institutions. There is power sufficient in the Gospel to evoke a spirit of faith and Christian heroism that will lead a million martyrs to the stake. How small and. feeble in the beginning was the Church! The little mustard seed was the fit emblem to represent it. Is not the thought of the concentration of God's vast powers — His hidden resources, as they shall be developed and brought to bear upon the Church and the world in the next century, well-nigh overwhelming? When art, science, and philosophy shall walk hand in hand with religion, there will be such a revealment of power as snail astonish corn men and angels.
(J. L. Harris.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.