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Habakkuk’s Second Desperate Plea to God for Understanding

💦 “Are You not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? We shall not die. O LORD, You have appointed them for judgment; O Rock, You have marked them for correction. You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, And cannot look on wickedness. WHY DO YOU LOOK ON THOSE WHO DEAL TREACHEROUSLY, AND HOLD YOUR TONGUE WHEN THE WICKED DEVOURS A PERSON MORE RIGHTEOUS THAT HE? Why do You make men like fish of the sea, Like creeping things that have no ruler over them? They take up all of them with a hook, They catch them in their net, And gather them in their dragnet. Therefore they rejoice and are glad. Therefore they sacrifice to their net, And burn incense to their dragnet; Because by them their share is sumptuous And their food plentiful. Shall they therefore empty their net, And continue to slay nations without pity?” ~ Habakkuk 1:12-17

Note:

Habakkuk ask the very same question of God that most of us have thought about but were to afraid to ask: “God? If you say you cannot have an evil before your eyes and we are your children – then please tell me why the wicked continue unabated; persecuting your little sheep?”

God has an answer for poor Habakkuk. He has our answer too. The answer is found in the scriptures – specifically, Habakkuk chapter two! 💕

God’s Answer to Habakkuk’s Desperate Plea for National Deliverance

God’s Answer to Habakkuk’s Desperate Plea for National Deliverance:

👑 “Look among the nations and watch — Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you. For indeed I AM RAISING UP THE CHALDEANS, A bitter and hasty nation Which marches through the breadth of the earth, To possess dwelling places that are not theirs. They are terrible and dreadful; Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. Their horses also are swifter than leopards, And more fierce than evening wolves. Their chargers charge ahead; Their cavalry comes from afar; They fly as the eagle that hastens to eat. “They all come for violence; Their faces are set like the east wind. They gather captives like sand. They scoff at kings, And princes are scorned by them. They deride every stronghold, For they heap up earthen mounds and seize it. Then his mind changes, and he transgresses; He commits offense, Ascribing this power to his god.” ~ Habakkuk 1:5-11

Note:

Habakkuk was a righteous prophet. He knew that ancient Israel – the same nation that God once described as the “land flowing with milk and honey” was now on the brink of a Chaldean invasion that would see life in Israel changed within a fortnight. Why? God tells them why… because Israel forgot their God whom delivered them from Egyptian bondage; continuing in sins that even their fathers repented of.

Are we in America begging deliverance from God concerning this virus pandemic; in order to maintain our wicked lifestyles unabated. Are we better than Israel. Are our sins somehow less than theirs. Doesn’t God always do right? The United States has been blindsided by the finger of God. Should we not change our prayers from deliverance to repentance? 💦

Habakkuk’s Desperate Plea to God

💦 “O LORD, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!” And You will not save. 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. Therefore the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” ~ Habakkuk 1:1-4

Note:

It’s not so unusual for the man of God to become emotionally overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding him – uttering before God words in prayer that run contrary to what he knows about God’s character and sovereign will. Have you, in a moment of great anguish, cried out to God with a sense of hopelessness too? I have. God knows we are jars of clay. Trust him friend….. He knows what He is doing – with you and with this world. 💕

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