Aside from the book of Job, this book of the Old Testament is a great book to read if one wants to confirm that God answers when one asks. Through experiences in our lives and in the lives of those in the bible, we learn at least four things when God’s answers- we may not receive the answer we were expecting; we may receive answers that we don’t understand; we wait patiently for His will to be done; and we sometimes ignore Him when He speaks(admit it!) 😛
Like Habakkuk, we as God’s chosen people wonder why He allows so much oppression and proliferating evil. Most know what the outcome will be upon Christ’s return. Regardless of all the end time concepts and beliefs, NO ONE knows when Christ will return, not even him. (Matthew 24:36– “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
In the book of Revelation, we are told that this is what would happen. Violence is on the rise as it was in the days of Habakkuk. Our problem is that most are neither waiting patiently, nor hearing, nor seeing God move. If you look deep enough with discerning eyes and ears, you’d discover that history is repeating itself.
Ecclesiastes 1:9- The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Matthew 24:37- As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
We see it daily on the internet, on television, in newspapers and magazines, and we hear about it on the radio. You think tablets are new? Moses had tablets.
These are the same questions we ask today. Let’s look at the questions Habakkuk asked God:
- How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
- Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
- Why do you make me look at injustice?
- Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people,…” God goes on to describe the inclusive movements and behaviors of the Babylonians. Don’t miss this point in verse 11(TYHS) “guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”
Habakkuk asks more questions because he was not expecting nor did he understand God’s answer:
- Lord, are you not from everlasting?
- Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
- Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
- Is he to keep on emptying his(“the wicked foe”) net, destroying nations without mercy?
God Answers (Read Ch. 2) I want to point out a few things that stood out to me in the following verses that goes on today(TYHS)
(3)- “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
The Lord explains his answer concerning the wicked Babylonians:
(4)- “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright—but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness…”
(7)-“Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey.”
(13)- “Has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?”
(14) – “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
(16)- “The cup from the Lord’s right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.” (This is what will happen to ALL wicked enemies of God’s chosen people – “the big payback”)
And now to end this…in chapter 3, you will notice that even though Habakkuk did not understand God’s answers, he had faith, and he offered a song and praise to the Lord. He even tells the Lord… “Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us.” Have you given praise today to God for your calamities and those calamities that are about to come on the enemy? Job praised Him for his calamities- “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15) Will you wait patiently for the Lord?
In my study of this book, I discovered that there is one main point that sums up God’s answers for us- It will be as it was before- justice will come about for His chosen people. It will come in God’s due time no matter how many times we ask him ‘when.’