Habakkuk 1:1-4 – “The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw. 2 How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear? I cry out to You, “Violence!” Yet You do not save. 3 Why do You make me see iniquity, and cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises. 4 Therefore the law is ignored and justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted.” NASB
I can hear the pain in the words of the prophet of old. He is praying, preaching, and warning but nothing is happening. God seems to be a million miles from him and his world around him crumbling. I can hear the depressions, frustration, and anxiety in his words and confess, I have felt that way before.
I felt like Elijah after his confrontation and victory over Jezebel and the prophets of Baal. He sat under the juniper tree wallowing in his plight and complained to God, “I did what you said, and now it’s just me… Nobody cares, so let me die… Woe is me!” God spoke to him, “Get up and quit wallowing in your self-pity. I am still God and will act in My time and My way. Your job is to do what I say. You are not responsible for the outcome or attitude of others.” God quickened my heart and I repented before Him and, in His time and His way, the victory came or is coming!
I love the response of God to the prophet that begins in v 5 and God says, “Open your eyes and look around.” When we do that. When we really open our eyes spiritually, we are often Astonished and Awed by God’s ways and works.
I love the statement in the latter portion of that verse, “Because I am doing something in your days – You would not believe if you were told.” We must shake yourself and come out of the doldrums and tunnel vision of our on immediate reality to see what God is doing. We should remember that He (God) sees the end from the beginning, and we can only see the beginning from the end. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. He is infinite but we are finite. He is unlimited but we are limited. He is God the Creator of Everything and we are the created.
It is like the little lady talking about faith saying, “If God tells me to jump through a hole in the wall it is my business or responsibility to jump and His to make the hole in the wall.” The key is GOD Telling us not us deciding to jump.
Yes, our world is troubled and terrible things are happening all around us. The genocide of abortion, the despotism that is bringing chaos to the world and misery to millions is a reality. The darkness of sin seems to be growing stronger and stronger and evil men are waxing worse all the time. Yet, God is still God and greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. With God, all things are possible, and we are in God.
There is a shaking happening and perilous times are upon us but at the same time there is a harvest and an awakening in the Spirit realm that is mighty and awesome. We simply need to allow the Holy Spirit to Open our Eyes and enable us to see beyond the natural into the supernatural.
When you have been praying and nothing seems to be happening, remember the words of the angel to Daniel, “We heard you on the first day…” Hold the words of 1 John 5:14-15 near your heart, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” NASB
Do not lose heart and do not give up! Weeping may last for the night, but joy and victory are coming!
God, bless you richly is my prayer!