Why Does God Seem Uninvolved During Injustice?
Habakkuk asked how long he was to call for help but God did not listen? He looked at injustice but God tolerated wrong, strife and conflict. The law was paralyzed and justice never prevailed. The wicked hemmed in the righteous so justice was perverted (Hab. 1:1-4). Why does God seem uninvolved during strife and injustice?
Know God Does Unbelievable Things to Accomplish His Purpose
God said to watch the nations and be utterly amazed because He was going to do something unbelievable. He raised up the ruthless Babylonians, a law to themselves who promoted their own honor, to seize houses not their own. Their hordes advanced like a desert wind, gathered prisoners like sand, scoffed at rulers, laughed at fortified cities and captured them. Their own strength was their god (Hab. 1:5-11). Know God does amazing and unbelievable things even using ungodly people to accomplish His purpose,
Why was Holy God Silent When Wicked Destroyed the Righteous?
If God was too pure to look on evil, why did He tolerate the treacherous or was silent when the wicked swallowed the righteous? Were they to continue destroying nations without mercy? Habakkuk was to stand at his watch and look to see what He would say and what answer he was to give to this complaint (Hab. 1:12-2:1). Why was a holy God silent when the wicked destroyed the righteous?
Wait for Truth to Live By Faith, Not Pride and Greed
God said to write down the revelation on tablets so a herald would run with it since it awaited an appointed time. Wait for the truth since it would come and not delay. He was puffed up with unrighteous desires but the righteous lived by his faith. His greed made him take nations captive. They woke up and he became their victim (Hab. 2:2-8). Wait for the truth to live by faith, not pride and greed.
Wait for God's Glory To Cover the Earth Instead of Settling for Idolatry
Habakkuk said woe to those who build his realm by plotting the ruin of many people through unjust gain, which shamed their own house. Woe to those who build a city with bloodshed and established a town by crime. God determined that the people's labor was fuel for the fire that exhausted themselves for nothing. The earth was filled with the knowledge of God's glory as the waters cover the sea. Woe to him who gave drink to neighbors till they were drunk so he could gaze on their naked bodies resulting in shame and disgrace. Violence by shedding man's blood overwhelmed them. Because an idol or image taught lies, it could not impart life or guidance. Let the earth be silent before the Lord in His holy temple (Hab. 2:9-20). Wait for God's glory to cover the earth instead of settling for injustice, futile labor and idolatry.
Pray God Makes Himself Known in Delivering His People
Habakkuk stood in awe of God's deeds. He prayed they be renewed and made known in his day. God's glory covered the heavens and His praise filled the earth. Nations trembled in distress and anguish when the mountains crumbled and hills collapsed since His ways were eternal. In wrath, God threshed the nations and crushed the leader of wickedness to deliver and save His people (Hab. 3:1-15). Pray God makes Himself known in defeating wickedness and delivering His people.
Rejoice in God to Have Strength to Rise Above Trouble
Habakkuk waited patiently for the day of calamity to come upon the nation invading them. Though the fig tree did not bud, no grapes on the vine, olive crop failed, fields produced no food, no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, he still rejoiced in God His Savior. The Sovereign Lord was his strength to make his feet like the deer to go on the heights (Hab. 3:16-19). Rejoice in God to have strength to rise above trouble.
Wait for God to do amazing and unbelievable things when the wickedness seems to rule. Wait for truth and God's glory so you can live by faith rather than in pride, greed and idolatry. Pray and rejoice in God who provides strength to rise above trouble.