Read: Habakkuk 1:1 – 2:20
How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Habakkuk 1:2
The times in which Habakkuk lived were terrible times. People were ignoring God – sin was everywhere. Sound familiar? Habakkuk asks the Lord “Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?” Habakkuk 1:13b. Habakkuk was referring to the people and their actions. We can ask the same question of the world around us. Or maybe to you “the treacherous” is cancer or mental illness.
Habakkuk confronted the Lord. Actually, he argued with God. His name may actually translate to the “wrestler”. Have you ever found yourself wrestling with God? Is it wrong to argue with God? No way! Those who trust in God can and do question God. Moses and Job are the two people from the Bible that come to mind first, but many have questioned and argued with God.
It is possible that Habakkuk prayed for 12 years for justice without any response. Sometimes it feels like God isn’t hearing us. At times like this we need to dig in deeper and talk even more to God. It’s ok to argue and plead but it’s not ok to ignore God. When we think God can’t hear us, we need to be still and be sure that we can hear Him. This requires listening, reflecting, and seeking wisdom about His ways.
What Habakkuk learned in his years of waiting for God to answer his prayers was that God wasn’t ignoring him. God was working behind the scenes all along. Please believe that God has a perfect plan for your life. There isn’t a day that He hasn’t seen. Trust in Him. He is our hope.
If you read on to the end of the book of Habakkuk you will see that he eventually lifts a prayer of praise to God because he recognizes that no matter what, God is in control. He promises to wait on the Lord. He said “Though bad things happen, I will rejoice in God my Savior.”
Thank you for hearing my prayers, Lord. Thank you for being in control of my life. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.