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Dr. June Normil
Habakkuk's prophecy begins with questions that grew from the terrible circumstances in Judah. First, he feard that God had refused to hear or answer his cries (Habakkuk 1:2). Judah had become filled with violence, strife, and injustice. The Law was neglected or distorted (verses 3-4). Habakkuk knew God is just and righteous. Yet it seemed as if God was unwilling to deal with these problems. This led to another question: Why must the prophet look at the injustice flooding Judah (verse 3)? The wicked ran rampant over the righteous, causing all kinds of injustice. Habakkuk's questions mirror those God's people have asked throughout history: Why does God sometimes seem unmoved by the pight of the righteous when they are abused by the sinful? Why does it seem as if God tolerates evil? God answered the prophet: He had a plan to address the evils happening in Judah: "Look at the nations and watch--and be utterly amazed" (Habakkuk 1:5). These verses speak to Christians today. Many "Babylonians" seem to prosper despite their godlessness-sometimes even at the expense of God's people. What are we to make of this? That was Habakkuk's question, and God had the answer.
[For Pesonal Reflection] How would you answer someone who claim that God doesn't care about injustice in the world?
FIND STRENGTH IN GOD'S FAITHFULNESS ( HABAKKUH 3:1-19)
Habakkuk knew that the source of his strength and hope was not found in controlling, or even understanding, the circumstances of his life. Sometimes our struggle to find answers is simply based in our limited ability to understand God's eternal ways. The key to handling hard questions, then, might be summarized in one word: perspections. God is eternal; the powers of sin are temporary. We do not understand all the workings of a timeless God in a temporal world. We are wise to pray for spiritual perspective in the worst of times as well as the best of times. Are you facing the worst of times? Pray that God will give you the perspective. This world will one day pass away, but God's promise endure forever (Luke 21:33). Place your trust in God, relying on Him for strength to endure.
GOD WILL PROVIDE!
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 100 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb. 2018-19 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil