The first prayer of Habakkuk reveals his heart with a stark honesty. “How long?” Have you ever prayed that prayer? Have you wept as you’ve cried out to God over a lost loved one, stubbornly resistant to the Gospel?
Can you relate to the prophet with the strange name? His frustration with injustice and violence is heightened by the seeming absence of God. It’s the cry of the falsely accused; the question that haunts us when dying is painful and slow; a longing that aches in silence: “O Lord, how long?”
In times like these we need to be reminded that Jehovah never sleeps nor slumbers. He is never idle, absent, ignorant, ambivalent, or insensitive. The veil of mystery that shrouds His way is often unlifted. His purposes, though perfect, are often obscured and impervious; they are also glorious.
Nobody understood the cross when Jesus died. Yet in that dark hour, the greatest gift was given; the greatest love displayed. God answers Habakkuk (v.5): “Look among the nations and watch – Be utterly astonished! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you.”
What is God doing in the midst of your suffering? You probably wouldn’t believe it if He told you.
Reposted with permission from onehope.net