Habakkuk, the small book of prophecy seems to address where a believer can find themselves today as our culture continues to struggle. I read Habakkuk this morning and overlayed its content over the current season. It is a beginning-to-end portrait of faith in times of difficulty.
Regarding what we are seeing and feeling:
“How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! ‘Violence is everywhere!’ I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted” (Habakkuk 1:2-4).
Regarding what God has planned that we do not yet see:
“For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it” (1:5).
Regarding the delay of a promise and what to do in the waiting:
“If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not delay” (2:3).
Regarding what attitude we should possess as life unfolds:
I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (3:18).
Regarding the end of all things:
“For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord” (2:14).
All of this, the pain, sorrow, and division we see taking place will be drowned by the increasing glory of the Lord. Everything will eventually be submerged in His presence. That should be the focus of our faith and where we place our trust.