“O Lord, how long shall I cry. And you will not hear? Habakkuk was a prophet who complained about the conditions of his country much like some us complain about the world today. God answered the prophet, “Look and be amazed…” (Hab. 1:5-6) God said that He would raise up a cruel and violent nation to conquer the world. Have you ever wondered why God allowed evil and cruel men to hurt innocent ones? Read (Hab 1:14-17) God didn’t turn a deaf ear to Habakkuk’s questions, but told him to write down the answer for all the world to see and remember.
“These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled..” (Hab. 2:3) God is never late! His timing is perfect, but we are always fussing because our estimates are wrong. “Note this,” God told Habakkuk: “Wicked men trust themselves alone (as these Chaldeous do) and fail; but the righteous man trusts in me, and lives” (Hab 2:4) Now Habakkkuk saw the greatness of God’s plan, and he cried out in triumph, singing to God (Hab 3:2-6) God’s command to us is that we praise Him, too-even if our lips tremble in fear and we shake in terror over the outward circumstances of His plan for us. Through the prophet Isaiah, God told His people that He intended to raise up king Cyrus of Persia to conquer and crush many nations, why would God choose Cyrus a heathen King, to carry out His purpose – to set the Jewish captives home from Babylon to rebuild the temple and Jerusalem. (Merlin C. Carothers)
PRAYER LINE: Ponder on – Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver or gold, from your vain conversation… but with the precious blood of Jesus (Zepha 1:18; 1Pet 1:18-19)
God’s commandments were given to fulfill us not to frustrate us.