But, God???

Are you not from eternity, Lord my God?
My Holy One, you will not die.
Lord, you appointed them to execute judgment;
my Rock, you destined them to punish us.
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil,
and you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
So why do you tolerate those who are treacherous?
Why are you silent
while one who is wicked swallows up
one who is more righteous than himself?
You have made mankind
like the fish of the sea,
like marine creatures that have no ruler.
The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook,
catch them in their dragnet,
and gather them in their fishing net;
that is why they are glad and rejoice.
That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet
and burn incense to their fishing net,
for by these things their portion is rich
and their food plentiful.
Will they therefore empty their net
and continually slaughter nations without mercy?

I will stand at my guard post
and station myself on the lookout tower.
I will watch to see what he will say to me
and what I should reply about my complaint.

Habakkuk 1:12-17

Habakkuk is not happy with God’s response. He knows that the Babylonians are an evil society, more evil than anything Judah has done. He struggles with the idea that an extremely evil nation will conquer nations that are more righteous than it is. He has a hard time reconciling this with what he knows of God’s character. He’s sure if God really understands how bad Babylon is, He will stop them from advancing. It seems as if he would prefer that God just wipe the evil in Judah out with a natural disaster than to use an evil nation like Babylon to carry out His justice.

What is commendable about the response of Habakkuk is his concern for the holiness of God. He trusts that God is holy and just. Therefore, he cannot imagine God allowing evil to go unchecked. He’s not as concerned with the safety of his own nation as he is about God’s reputation. God’s eventual answer will reaffirm what Habakkuk knows to be true of God.

We need to ask ourselves what our motive is when we have complaints about what God is or isn’t doing. Are we concerned only with our own peace and comfort? Or are we concerned with how the events of the day misrepresent God’s character? If our concern is the latter, we need to trust what we know to be true about God and wait to see how things will work out.

  • What is your motive when you complain about the evil you see in the world?

Published by llongard

I grew up in northeast Wisconsin. After high school, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend North Central University and graduated 1992 with a degree in Biblical Studies and Humanities. I spent most of the next fifteen years in the Twin Cities area until my family and I moved to Indiana in 2007. For most of the first seventeen years after college, I was involved in university ministry either as a volunteer, bi-vocational, or full-time campus minister. Through those years, I also worked in the main street marketplace as a retail manager/trainer and as a service representative in the insurance industry. I've also worked in various education roles. Most recently, I have been working on various projects addressing homelessness in Indianapolis and as team lead for Diakonos Community, a Communitas International missional initiative. Through this ministry, we seek to build missional communities in Indianapolis that serve and bring the life of Christ to those on the margins of society. Our strategy is to collaborate with community agencies that serve those in need and share Christ through meaningful relationships. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, three amazing daughters, and two cats (can't forget the cats, LOL). As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, and going to the YMCA together. I also enjoy fishing, riding bicycle, and being involved in whatever my daughters are doing. Though I have not lived in the Green Bay area for over 20 years, I am still a major Packer fan.

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