I can’t quite put my finger the how and why, but as I read through Habakkuk I feel like I have connected at some level with the experiences of Habakkuk more so than the other prophets. It may be that my recent involvements through the Alpha course where asking questions about life, faith and God resonate with the questions that Habakkuk directed to God. Habakkuk’s concern around the question of why God is allowing injustice, violence and suffering is a question that many people (both Christians and non-Christians) continue to ask today.
I believe that with our superior yet limited human minds we will never fully understand why God allows the good, the bad, and the ugly in our lives. Reading between the lines of Habakkuk’s poetic and prayerful writing we can be encouraged by the conclusion of his strengthened faith and trust in God’s greater plan. It is our continued faith in God, in His plan for salvation that should keep us going. Habakkuk writes: “the righteous shall live by his faith”, this is a faith in God that is higher and stronger than everything in this world. Living in faith and obedience to the Lord is how we will overcome the injustice, violence and devastation of our times.
Paul in Romans chapter 1 reminds us of that same faith that Habakkuk writes of in his day is the same faith that separates us from the wrath of God upon the unrighteous and ungodly today. For those living in faith we will continue to live in Christ through eternal life when He comes again. The words God spoke through Habakkuk teach us a timeless message of waiting upon Him, to be faithful to His plan and timing to be worked out in our lives. There is so much more to be gleaned from the words in Habakkuk, and as I reflect on his calling as a prophet I have to continue to examine the call the Lord has on my own life. God has the plan already laid out, it is up to me to trust in Him, to be faithful, to wait and listen for Him through the good times and the tough times.