Are You not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, You have appointed them for judgment;
O Rock, You have marked them for correction. –Hab. 1:12
Recently, I have been studying the Old Testament book of Habakkuk, and I listened to some sermons on that scripture which were preached in 1969. There was one similarity that I found in all of this. Habakkuk was so burdened by the wickedness of Israel that he asked God why He had not done something. In 1969, there was also evil in the world, and there was ungodliness in the church. Today, we look at our nation, and we see how it has fallen even more since 1969. Things are going on in our churches and our families that should not be happening. We cry out to God to do something just like Habakkuk.
Habakkuk wanted God to send revival, but God told Habakkuk that He would send the dreadful and terrible Chaldeans to attack Israel. They would capture them and take them to Babylon. The Chaldeans were equal to our modern day terrorists. How would you respond to that? How did Habakkuk respond?
He took his eyes off the problem and focused on God. He remembered that God is everlasting – eternal- and He was larger than any Chaldean army. He remembered God’s promises, and he knew that a remnant would live, and judgment was necessary for correction.
There was evil in Habakkuk’s time and in 1969, and there is even more evil today. Sometimes, it seems that God is silent, but we have to remember that He is in control of it all. We don’t understand why God allows things to continue as they do, but like Habakkuk, we must remember His promises. God sees the entire puzzle completed. We only see the pieces.
Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.