Sometimes we watch the evening news and wonder if God is seeing what we’re seeing: “God, don’t You see this? Why don’t you do something about this?” But, most of us might be too timid to speak so boldly to God. Not Habakkuk. He boldly brought questions like these to God, and God answered… though not necessarily the way Habakkuk expected.
We know almost nothing about Habakkuk; except that he must have lived just before the Babylonian Captivity of Jerusalem, which sent God’s people into exile. We do know he was troubled by what he was seeing going on around him; it made him wonder if God really cared, and why He did not seem to be doing anything about it.
God answered Habakkuk’s question by assuring him he was already raising up the Babylonians to punish the wickedness going on around him in Judea… by Judeans. But, Habakkuk’s problem with that was that it seemed the Babylonians were far more evil than the Judeans were! So, he took that concern to God, too.
God answered Habakkuk’s second question by assuring him that one day He would punish those who would oppress others. Evidently satisfied that God was watching… and had things under control, Habakkuk responded with a song of praise for God’s mercy and salvation.
Habakkuk was like us. Hard times forced him to ask hard questions. Why isn’t life fair? Why do bad people prosper and good people suffer? Why does God put up with so many who mock Him? Why does God seem so distant?
Habakkuk expressed our doubts, but he also received answers from God.
* God will reveal His will to us, but not necessarily on our timetable.
When we experience pain and suffering, we might wonder why God doesn’t seem to be doing anything to help us. Like Habakkuk, we should bring our questions directly to God. And we should trust Him to hear us and answer us. Otherwise, we will likely breed resentment toward God… and more doubt in God. God does care for His people; see Matt. 6:25-34; 10:29-31.
And we can trust that God is always working for our good; see Rom. 8:28,29.
You can read Habakkuk’s story in the book of Habakkuk, named after him.