Habakkuk’s Question

At times like this, many questions are asked. One that comes immediately to the forefront is, “If God is so good, why did he allow this to happen?” This question has been around for millennia. It was once posed to God himself by the prophet Habakkuk: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” (Habakkuk 1:13).

God’s response to Habakkuk is that he does indeed have a plan, and judgment will come to those who do wrong. “Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (2:3).

Habakkuk ends his discussion with the Lord with a song of praise, and rightfully so: “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds… Though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (3:2, 17-18). No matter what, the prophet resolves to praise the Lord for he is worthy.

This is just one of many places in the Bible where God reminds us that he is still in control, even though it seems like the wicked are prospering at this time. They will meet their end, and judgment will come when they do not expect it.

Do you trust in God’s sovereignty today? Do you know he is in control of all things? Take heart and praise his holy name, for he is worthy. In the end he will judge all things.


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