Thursday, February 09, 2012

Habakkuk 1:2-4

2 - O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry out to You, "Violence!" and You will not save.

3 - Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises.

4 - Therefore the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore perverse judgement proceeds.

Habakkuk is burdened with what He sees. He is trying to reconcile what he knows is a good and just God and the evil he sees in the world before him. And to make matters worse, he sees this evil in God's own people. How much can we relate to that, Christian? How many of us have been asked, "If God's so good, then why is there evil in the world?" We answer it the best we can. We explain free will and human choice and that we have chosen against God, but the answer isn't what I want to focus on today. Let's look at the problem.

Habakkuk cries out to the Lord for justice, and the Lord is silent. Habakkuk sees that the Lord is doing nothing to stop these people from being evil. Habakkuk realizes that everyone he sees is disobeying God and His law has no effect on the people. And as far as Habakkuk can tell in these verses, God is doing nothing.

In today's world, it is difficult to see God work. The news is filled with wickedness and wicked people pointing fingers and arguing about how other people are more wicked than they. Our schools are filled with promiscuity and our television and our movies are filled with lust and violence. And where is God? If America is one nation, under God. If we believe our money and we really trust in God, if God really does bless America, how did it get so sinful? Are we really better, in God's eyes, for following our dreams and hearts than the Arab countries are for following Allah?

In my understanding of God, it's either Him or nothing. Jesus is the only way. When the world is over, those who trusted in Allah and those who trusted in their wealth and those who trusted in their hearts will all be in the same place together.

Our world is evil. And we live in an increasingly evil time. And where is God? Where is justice? Oh, He's coming. And justice will rule over the earth before its time is past. Just wait and see.

But while you wait, make sure you're on the right side. God has already sent Jesus to earth to live and die in order to save us from what is to come. He offers His life to save yours. Will you accept? The world is going to be in trouble, but those who belong to God will be removed His wrath, and united with Christ in Glory. Email me if you have any questions. me@jonathandow.com

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