“The Lord my Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights!” —Habakkuk 3:19
We know very little about Habakkuk (aside from his easily misspelled name). What we do know is that he was a prophet of God’s people and he was deeply convicted about his faith and greatly burdened by the prevailing wickedness and injustices within his society. Sound familiar?
Habakkuk, wrestling with what God was doing and how He was choosing to operate, brought his complaint to the Lord consumed by one driving focus—to hear from Heaven. Overwhelmed, Habbakuk eventually cries out: “How long, O Lord, must I call for help and you do not listen or cry out to you about violence and you do not save? Why do you force me to look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?” (1:2-3)
Have you ever felt like you were fighting alone for what’s right while God seems to be sitting on the sideline and paying no attention? Have you ever felt overwhelmed, like the circumstances of life are quickly closing in on you with no end in sight? Have you ever felt defeated, filled with hopelessness and discouragement from constantly praying for the same situation to seemingly no avail? We think, “How could God let this happen? Why would He allow these circumstances to go on?” Like Habakkuk, we can easily forget that God is better at running things than we are.
We don’t know exactly how long Habakkuk called out to God before He answered, but we do know this—God answered. He heard Habakkuk’s cries. He heard Habakkuk’s questions, and what happens? God responds in even bigger and better ways than Habakkuk could have ever imagined. God goes on to say, “Look at the nations, and observe—be utterly astounded! For I am doing something in your days that you will not believe when you hear about it” (1:5). God shows Habakkuk (as well as you and me) that we can trust Him to accomplish His perfect will in His own way and in His own timing even if it doesn’t seem to make any sense to us.
Everything God does is ultimately for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28). God is already working in both the grand plans and the small, minute details to align things according to His own will and purposes. When Habakkuk was finally able to see things from God’s perspective, his strength was renewed and confidence rebuilt. In the words of Priscilla Shirer, “When our eyes are opened to detect God’s fingerprints of providence and our hearts are reminded of His never-ending care for us, our internal posture becomes reframed and our conversations with Him are transformed.”
God lets us ask questions. We cry out, He listens. We cry out and, in His own timing, He answers. We draw near, He draws near. Through Habakkuk, God invites us to run to Him even when all we have to bring to Him are questions, even when His plan doesn’t make any sense to us, even when it seems that God isn’t listening or doesn’t hear us. We must be patient and trust God’s character—that He hears us, He loves us, and He is working for our good. Habakkuk closes his book with a prayer of praise, declaring: “Though the fig tree does not bud…the flocks disappear…yet I will celebrate in the Lord; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation” (3:17-18). In all of Habakkuk’s waiting and longing, God proved Himself faithful; He will do the same for us. In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”
We have all seen the evidence of evil in our lives. We’ve all been touched by it and bear wounds and scars at various stages of healing. It is easy to feel helpless and grow hopeless in the midst of our own sins and failures as well as the darkness and brokenness all around us. However, no place is too dark and no wall too thick for God’s grace to penetrate in a powerful and life-changing way.
Let’s draw near to God with all of our questions and all of our tears praying for Him to give us a heavenly perspective and a trusting heart.
There are several areas of leadership in our church staff and each has specific roles they play to help guide the vision and ministry of our church. These teams are the Executive Team and the Leadership Team. The Executive team assists the Senior Pastor to establish the vision of the ministry while the Leadership Team seeks to shape the strategy of the church. Let’s pray together for these teams (Executive Team: Brian Bloye, Steve Veale, Kevin Dunlap, Brian Kase; Leadership Team: Todd Hampton, Jessica Dixon, Kevin Bloye, Jeni Farnell, John Morgan, and Jason Chandler) as they prayerfully guide our staff and church to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.