February 21: Habakkuk’s Complaint – Part 2

Read Habakkuk 1:12-2:19

At the beginning of the book of Habakkuk we found Habakkuk complaining to God about His people and wondering why God hadn’t done anything about their rebellion.  Next we learned that God was going to bring punishment in the form of an attack from Babylon.  One would think Habakkuk would have been happy about this since after all it is what he was asking for, however Habakkuk is not done complaining.  The Babylonians!  How could you use a nation more wicked than Judah to punish your chosen people?  This was an untenable situation to Habakkuk.  But God answered Habakkuk again; His answer?

The righteous will live by faith.

Some believe this little sentence is the central theme of the bible; that the faith of the one who trusts God will accept what they cannot fully understand.  God does all things right, and all things well.  Furthermore, He does all things in His own time and in His own way.  His ways are higher than our ways and sometimes beyond our understanding.  Habakkuk couldn’t understand how God could use the unrighteous to punish the righteous.  God didn’t ask Habakkuk to understand or try to explain.  He simply asked him to believe.  It was not God who needed to change his plans; it was Habakkuk who needed to change his attitude.

When you are faced with a situation that doesn’t make sense and you are tempted to question God.  Possibly you are going through a difficult situation and God is silent.  Maybe you even feel like He isn’t acting in accord with what you believe to be true about Him.  Could it be that it isn’t God who needs to explain himself or intervene to bring the world into alignment with your understanding of justice?  Possibly, it is you who needs to take a moment and trust that the everlasting creator has a plan which will not fail and it is you who needs to adjust to what He is doing in the world around you.