You work hard and try to live right, but your problems just won’t go away.
You give it your all. You work long hours. You stay away from immorality. Yet, your messes seem to get messier.
You may have friends who seem to have all kinds of advice for you. ”This is what you ought to do,” she says.
Still others seem to know (or think they know) what God is up to at any given moment. ”I think the Lord is trying to show you . . . .”
Monday afternoon, I was on the telephone with a longtime friend. We talked about life, our families, and the time that has passed since we last saw one another.
My friend reminded me of a text that I had actually preached from many years ago — Habakkuk 1:1-5.
How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
The Lord’s Answer
Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.
God-hungry people believe that God is at work even when he appears to be doing nothing. God is at work when we feel overwhelmed by life. God is at work even when we feel defeated and overwhelmed, and at a loss for what to do next.
In Habakkuk, God reminds us that we would not believe what he was doing, even if he were to tell us.
Do you need to hear these words about a God who is behind the scenes working? Do you need to hear again that God’s ways and works are so awesome that you would not believe them even if you were told?
I need to hear this. Maybe you will join me today in hearing this word of encouragement.
There is a tomorrow.