Pastor Dennis Morales
“O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear?” Habakkuk 1:1
Pandemic, panic, division, and the question, “How much longer, Lord?” At some point, some of us have wondered, “Where is God?” We may even have thought that it seems like evil is winning and God is silent. Habakkuk shows us that we have a choice as to how we respond to the difficulties in our life. It’s obvious by the language of Habakkuk at the onset, that he begins to wrestle with God in prayer (Habakkuk’s name actually means wrestle). Have you ever felt like your prayers are like wrestling prayers? Habakkuk was troubled by the moral and spiritual decline of the world around him and he wanted answers. God answers Habakkuk, but it’s probably not the answer he is looking for. God says, “I’m working, but if I told you how, you wouldn’t believe it” (Hab1:5). God said He would use the wicked Chaldeans to judge Judah. God’s response troubled him even more because it meant things would get worse. Habakkuk didn’t understand God’s response, but he says later “the just shall live by faith” (Hab 2:4). Habakkuk would learn that understanding how God works is not his job, trusting Him is. If God told you everything He is doing and how He would do it, would you be able to understand it? Would you accept it? Scripture says God doesn’t think like us (Isaiah 55:8). It’s easy to get anxious, but God says, “He is working.” Habakkuk brought his prayer to God and allow His peace to flood his heart (read Philippians 4:7). Habakkuk’s worship and prayer of encouragement is a beautiful demonstration of his faith in God . He trusted the steadfast love and faithfulness of his Savior even when he didn’t understand God’s plan. The prophet Habakkuk lived in a day of uncertainty, much like we do. In light of all his questions about the future, his response remained simple, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord” (Habakkuk 3:18). We too can rejoice, no matter the circumstances. Will you trust Him today? We are complete in Jesus alone and in His steadfast love and faithfulness (read John 16:33). Habakkuk’s wrestling became worship.
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