Habakkuk complains to God about the injustice, sin and violence in his country. He wants to know why God isn't doing anything about it. We may look at the world, our country or our own life, and find ourselves expressing the same question.
God first responds by stating that he is going to do something about it. He will judge the wickedness and sin in the world, and evil will not win. This gives us a sense of hope knowing that God is going to stand against evil. Those who are aligned with God will ultimately be victorious regardless of what the circumstances of today may appear to be.
Second, God speaks to the wicked regarding the judgment that awaits. Habakkuk speaks against those who are perpetrating evil with the repeated word, "woe”. There is always time for those who are in sin to repent and experience God's mercy rather than wrath. Those who repent can experience hope, forgiveness and life, while those who refuse will experience judgment.
Habakkuk ends his conversation with God with an attitude of joy. He has moved from confusion and frustration at God, to rejoicing in his character. As we similarly face confusing circumstances in life we must learn to embrace God, knowing that he is the savior of the world, and our ultimate source of joy.
Question of the day: How can you turn from uncertainty and confusion about life, to joy?
Father God, thank you that you are in the process of making the world right. I thank you that this work will be completed at Christ's return. Help me to trust you in difficulty and confusion, and embrace the joy that you provide today. Amen.