“How long O Lord, must I call for help but you do not listen? Violence is everywhere! I cry but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted.” —Habakkuk 1:1-4
God’s Word is so timeless! The prophet Habakkuk spoke these words about the nation of Judah a long time ago. But his message resonates with people just as much today as it did back then.
Sometimes it feels as if we have been calling out to God forever to help our nation turn back to Him. It seems everywhere we look we see all the things Habakkuk describes—evil deeds, misery, destruction, violence.
Our governments have been taken over by wanton greed; their leaders, corrupt. To the faithful people of God, it’s a heart-breaking turn of events.
We can identify with Habakkuk when he speaks of people who love to argue and fight. At times, we wonder if our government will ever be able to talk about differences with rational heads. Can our representatives find common ground, or must we continue always in divisiveness?
Our courts are perverted by many laws that are passed in violation of God’s word. Justice is often bought rather than served. Righteousness is outnumbered by wickedness. Our society looks much like the dismal picture Habakkuk painted of life in Judah during Biblical times,
But there is hope.
Distraught, but Full of Hope!
We take comfort in Habakkuk’s closing words in chapter three. “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines…. Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.”
Habakkuk was distraught. But he knew where to find his strength and joy. In times of trial and frustration, he turned to the Lord. He kept in mind the blessings that God had given him and continued to give. It’s the same for us today. We may be in a bad place right now, but God is not. He is in control and He knows what He is doing. We need to keep our eyes on Him—not on our misfortunes. As the prophet Habakkuk did, we must look for our strength and joy in Him. He will make our paths sure, help us up when we fall and enable us to accomplish the tasks He has given us to do.