Questions for God!
Scripture reading for September 24th: Habakkuk 1-3
“How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds.” Habakkuk 1:2-3
Habakkuk was called to speak to God’s people on behalf of God but his words went unheeded by the people. He began to question God and He was silent. God always hears His people but sometimes is slower to respond than we would like. Sometimes, His response brings more questions!
God had told Habakkuk how He was going to raise up the Babylonians and use them to sweep over the land and destroy it. (Habakkuk 1:6-11) The Babylonians were a law unto themselves and bent on violence. They were ruthless and impetuous and cruel. Habakkuk was perplexed that a God who was holy could use something as vile and lawless as the Babylonians. Why would God even think of such a thing?
God answered Habakkuk’s complaint and told him to write it down. His answer spoke of the time of the end and would prove true. (Habakkuk 2:2-3) Babylon was full of pride and evil desires, but God would use them to chastise His people for a season. In the end, Babylon would be punished.
God’s people were to deal with these revelations by a simple truth: “the righteous will live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4. God’s ways are always righteous and just. His people must learn to trust Him and live by faith in who He is! We please God only when we live by faith! (Hebrews 11:6) God promised Habakkuk that He would judge the wicked and bring woe to those who live for themselves. He also promised to fill the earth with His glory! (Habakkuk 2:14)
Habakkuk ended his book with a prayer and a psalm. The prayer was for God to renew His deeds in their day and time. (Habakkuk 3:2) The psalm told of the splendor of the Lord as He would come to judge the earth and deliver His people. He was prepared to wait on God, no matter what! Living by faith is how the righteous are victorious!