"I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound, decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us." (NIV)
The prophet Habakkuk wrote this short book of the Bible. Like so many of the prophets, he had observed corruption, unrest, famine, and violence. He went to God in prayer with earnest questions: WHY? Why, do the deceitful people seem to get away with their dishonesty? Will they ever be punished? Why do the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper? And, WHEN? When will You rescue us from our enemies? When will You answer my pleas?
Habakkuk was honest and direct with God about his concerns. And God answered, explaining that He would make things right, but that it would be done in His time - not according to man's wishes. (Often, we think we know what's best for us, but only God can see the big picture... His vision extends all the way to eternity)
my photo, entitled, "Lone Tree Seeking God", taken in Israel
This book of the Bible reminds me so much of how I feel. Right now. Today. In a world filled with corruption, violence, and blatant sin... Sometimes it seems as if evil people will prosper forever, while the "little people" struggle to get by from day to day. I find myself asking God the same questions Habakkuk asked Him thousands of years ago... WHY? and, WHEN? I find myself pleading with God to rescue me from the worries of this world... Food prices going up. Utility prices skyrocketing. No end in sight to the apparent political unrest of the world. "Wars and rumors of wars..."
But, Habakkuk sets the example: He remained faithful and obedient despite the terrible times he was living in. The next three verses, following the "3:16" reveal Habakkuk's faith: 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights." And, that is how the book of Habakkuk ends. What a nice, uplifting ending!
Sometimes it seems as if evil will prosper forever. But this isn't so... God believes in justice. We are often impatient, unable to see the full picture. But, trust Him and He will be your strength.
"In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Thy comforts delight my soul."
Psalm 94:19 KJV)