My baby sister was telling me last week that she often does the same thing that I do. She will have a nudge to go to a certain scripture or book of the Bible. So last week she called me and said she was debating on what to read that day. She let her Bible just fall open and it fell open to the book of Habakkuk.
Now if you don’t read the minor prophets often, that name may not resonate very loudly with you. I have read it a couple of times but it had been a while and I really can’t say it had really struck me at the time. After she told me this, I had to go back and read it again.
Habakkuk had a couple of questions he wanted answered and he wanted to hear the answers from God. While the situation is entirely different, it reminded me a little of Job.
For the Lord’s answer, I am only going to give you 1:5. I encourage you to go read Habakkuk though. It is only three chapters and an easy read.
The Lord’s Answer
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
Is any of this sounding familiar?
Habakkuk’s Second Complaint
12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, you will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
The Lord’s Answer
2 Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay.
There are many more verses, of course, in each of these chapters. I had to cut it short but, as I said, I encourage you to read the entire book. This book brings to mind so much of what we see and hear today.
What I take out of it is endurance. The world of evil and violence may appear to be winning for a time but, in the end, it is still God who is in charge and rules eternally!
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.