Where Are You, God?
WHY DOESN'T GOD SEEM FAIR?
'The pronouncement that the prophet Habakkuk saw. How long, 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? Oppression and violence are right in front of me. Strife is ongoing, and conflict escalates. This is why the law is ineffective
and justice never emerges.'
HABAKKUK: EMBRACE & WRESTLE
Habakkuk is wrestling with:
- God, you don't really seem to CARE
- God, you don't seem to be doing much when you COULD
- God, what you are doing doesn't seem FAIR
Have you ever thought any of those things?
Is it ever okay to question God?
'Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. '
'Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me. '
'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. Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter, impetuous nation that marches across the earth’s open spaces to seize territories not its own. '
What do you do as a follower of Jesus when you hit a crisis?
'Are you not from eternity, Lord my God? My Holy One, you will not die. Lord , you appointed them to execute judgment; my Rock, you destined them to punish us. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. So why do you tolerate those who are treacherous? Why are you silent while one who is wicked swallows up one who is more righteous than himself? '
What if honestly acknowledging your doubt is the first step toward building a deeper faith?
What if embracing your secret questions opens the door to a maturing of knowledge of God’s character?
What if drawing closer to God, developing a genuine relationship and intimacy with him, means you have to bear something that feels unbearable?
What if like the “ominous, burdensome ‘oracle’” Habakkuk received here, you too have to go through the crisis, trust Him through the crisis, embrace His strength through the crisis when you feel weak.
What if it takes real pain to experience a real, deep and abiding hope?