Habakkuk 1:2 states: “how long, oh Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?”
How many of us have felt that way before? Habakkuk was talking about Judah. His heart was broke for what was happening, the sin and oppression. Yet, when God did decide to answer him, it was not the answer he was expecting or wanted to hear. God was going to use their enemies to bring judgement on them.
Many times in our lives we ask the same question. When we go through difficulties, we ask God for help. When someone we care about is ill or hurt, we ask. God for healing. The list could go on and on …
God’s wisdom is far greater than ours. He does not always answer “yes” to what we want. He is, however, by our side, when we walk through it.
Yet, how many of us had the same response the Habakkuk had. Chapter 3 records his response; look at the beginning and end in 3:2 and 19:
Lord, I have heardm of your fame; I stand in awen of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy . . . yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
I pray that we would respond like Habukkuk. May we praise God in good times and hard. May we praise Him when we get the answer we want and when we don’t. For He is God!