I have been doing a lot of questioning of the Lord lately; with the understanding that this country is headed down a path that will bring us under the judgment of a Holy God – and trying to understand the current world situation from His perspective.
As I watched various videos on YouTube this past weekend, I was led to read the book of Joel especially the end times prophecies at the end of chapter two. From there I continued to read through Amos – which is the book right after Joel. And then, somehow, I found myself at the beginning of Habakkuk
Now, mind you, if I was reading from my print version there are four books – ten pages – between Amos and Habakkuk. But I was reading the Kindle version of the Thomas Nelson Know The Word Study Bible on my laptop.
This Bible has many extra features that are mixed in with the actual Bible Chapters and verses. At the beginning of each book there is a brief summary of the book and then a little background with suggestions on how to study that book. There is also a list of Study the Book Highlights – these are short lessons on what the writer is saying with cross-references and links to those verses.
For instance, at the beginning of the book of Habakkuk, there is a one sentence summary on the book, and then a few pages of suggestions on how to study Habakkuk that includes a short history lesson and a little bit of background explanation on what Habakkuk writes about. At the end of that there is a list of Study the Book Highlights – a list of three articles that are linked into the text and printed at the end of the book. The next page is where the book begins. At the end of the book there is the Study the Book articles, in sequence with all the footnotes and editor notes that are linked into the book. It is at the end of that, that the book of Zephaniah begins with its summary and ‘How To Study‘ article.
So, with all of these added features, you have to scroll through a lot of stuff to get from one book to the next without using the Table of Contents.
Anyway, I finished reading Amos and am still not sure how I got to Habakkuk, but there it was, suddenly open on my laptop. Not being very good with the order of the prophets at the end of the Old Testament, I was thinking that must be Habakkuk was the book after Amos and I had just reached it by going to the end of Amos. It wasn’t until I got one of my print Bibles to check something so I didn’t have to move from the page that was open on my laptop that I realized how much there actually is between those two books.
I read through Habakkuk, including the Study the Book articles and was struck by how much the writer sounded like me.
I will not add all the verses in here because this is getting a little long-winded as it is. They are this morning’s Daily Meditation if you care to read them there; or you can just read them from your own Bible.
But the take-away is this:
Habakkuk was questioning God on why He was allowing all the evil and the injustice that was being carried out in Judah, and because his heart was right when asking, God answered him.
This is what the article titled Asking Why says about Habakkuk‘s questioning of God:
“Habakkuk observed the rampant evil in Judah and queried, “Why do You allow wickedness? Why don’t You answer my prayers? Why am I having to live through this?” As the prophet observed the law ignored, power abused, justice perverted, and the few remaining God-fearers surrounded and swallowed up by wickedness, he asked the age-old question, “Why does a good God allow such evil?” What prevented Habakkuk’s questions from being irreverent? He sincerely wanted to know God and understand His ways, so he took his questions about God to God. His questions revealed faith in a God who exists, who listens to prayers, and who can—and will—do something about this world’s problems.
Habakkuk’s name may mean “embraced by God” or “wrestler.” As Habakkuk wrestled with God, he was embraced by God and assured that He cared and was in control.”
And this is what it says about God’s answer that we must trust Him and live by faith:
“Habakkuk received tough answers from God and faced a choice: turn from God or to Him. He made the choice to watch until he gained God’s perspective on what was happening in his world. God declared that Habakkuk must wait until He revealed His solution, determined before the world began, for the problem of evil. Then He gave the ultimate answer to all our why questions. Trust Me, because “the just shall live by his faith”
I may not get the type of answer that Habakkuk got, but there is the answer to my questions also:
Trust Me, because “the just shall live by his faith”
© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2019
Quotations taken from –– Nelson, Thomas. NKJV, Know The Word Study Bible, Ebook, Red Letter Edition . Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.