God's Will, The Prophets

Habakkuk – Part 1 of 2

Faith with Confusion

Habakkuk 1:2 – O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?

I think we can all relate to Habakkuk in one way or another. Like Jonah, he wore his heart on his sleeve and yet unlike Jonah, he wasn’t angry with God, just confused. I understand that because I have also cried out to God in distress, pleading with him to do something to alleviate the burden of a situation but nothing happened – that I could see. Did it make me think that God didn’t love me? No. Did I think that he was unconcerned about my distress? No. I knew who God was, his character, his nature; I still had faith in him but it was faith with confusion.

Habakkuk was really confused. He was calling out to God but it seemed that God couldn’t hear him, or worse, that God could hear him but didn’t want to help. Habakkuk looked around at the violence, destruction, strife and contention and watched helplessly as justice was perverted on every side. He couldn’t bear it and he couldn’t remain silent any longer, crying out, “Why Lord!?”

God always hears the cry of his children but sometimes the answer, or the action, is more confusing than the silence, which Habakkuk was about to discover.

“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.”

Habakkuk really was astounded and completely perplexed and wondered, out loud, ‘What is happening? I know we have done wrong but are you really going to use a nation that is far more evil than us, to punish us? I will wait for your answer, O Lord my God.’

God doesn’t have to explain his ways and methods to us but in this instance, he allowed Habakkuk a vision of his plan, from start to finish. The timing was set and everything would take place according to His will. Then God reminded him that “the righteous shall live by his faith.”

We need to trust God completely, even through times of confusion, or maybe especially through times of confusion. God’s plans are never flawed and everything happens within his control.

Our faith in his love for us can carry us through the darkest of times and our trust in his sovereign will, opens the door to his sustaining grace.

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