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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Habakkuk is unique as there is no prophesy specifically for the people of Israel, rather a conversation between the prophet and God.  Habakkuk is trying to make sense of what he sees and God responds to his struggles. However this should not be regarded as just a personal journal. It is clear that Habakkuk voices the concerns of the godly people in Judah, who are trying to understand and reconcile what they see happening around them, with their knowledge of God as a sovereign God who is in control of things.  

In verses 2-4 Habakkuk expresses outrage at the violence and injustice that he sees all around him in Judah. He is not talking about the surrounding nations, but what he sees among God’s people who should know better. It would appear that he has prayed for some time, as in v. 2 he says “How long must I call for help, but you do not listen?”

God responds in verses 5-11 telling Habakkuk that he is in control and will use the Babylonians to punish the people of Judah.  Habakkuk understands that the Babylonians are God’s agents of judgment, but he struggles with the concept of God using a nation that is even more wicked to punish Judah.  In verse 13 he asks why does a just and holy God allow evil to flourish?

As we near the close of earth’s history, the questions asked by Habakkuk are similar to those we wrestle with today. Like the prophet we have been praying for God to intervene and bring an end to the pain, suffering and evil that come upon us from all sides. In the same way that God was not indifferent or inactive in Habakkuk’s day, He is not inactive today.  Let’s trust Him.

Audrey Andersson

Executive Secretary

Trans European Division