18 Dec 2018
But Why, Lord?
Why does God allow suffering if he loves us? And why do ‘bad’ people seem to prosper while ‘good’ people often have a rough time? Is God even listening when we cry out to Him? We’ve probably all asked these questions at some point, and the book of Habakkuk goes some way to answering them all.
The prophet was surrounded by great evil in Judah, and the wicked seemed to be getting away with it. ‘How is that fair?’ Habakkuk asks. Amazingly, God replies directly to the prophet’s questions and concerns, though the solution isn’t what we might expect. The land is to be invaded by the Chaldeans, “a bitter and hasty people”, who will bring their own brand of brutal ‘justice’ to Judah.
Habakkuk deliberately sets himself apart from the wrongdoers, watching and waiting for God to rescue the “just”. However, the revelation he receives is not only for him; it’s for his people and for us today. It’s a warning to the proud and a reassurance to those who live by faith. God urges Habakkuk to “write the vision and make it plain” so there can be no surprises for either camp.
This short book reminds us that even when God seems silent and far removed He is right there, and He has a plan. His justice and mercy never fail. Best of all, we can go to Him with all our fears and failings, knowing that He hears us and responds.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 says:
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines… Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”
Pause and reflect: It’s OK to have questions. Go straight to God and listen to His amazing wisdom. Trust that He is in control and rejoice in Him.