“The Jury has returned with a verdict and it finds the defendant, God, …..”
We begin a new series this week at our Church – “Habakkuk – A prophet with a problem.”
It won’t be hard to identify with this man from the past. Look at his opening words,
“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?” (Habakkuk 1:2-3).
Is God on trial in the book of Habakkuk? It certainly appears this way. Have you ever approached God as if he were a defendant in need of making His case to you?
The deep struggles of this man are not unique in Scripture. It is not unusual for the heroes of the faith to complain to God about evil, violence and injustice.
- The Psalmist, for example, was so disturbed over the prosperity of wicked people that it sent him into a state of despair where he even thought about giving up on faith in God. (see – Psalm 73).
- Jeremiah questioned God about his justice, “You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts” (Jeremiah 12:1-2).
The struggles of this prophet are quite familiar to most people.
Questions addressed in the book of Habakkuk
- Does God hear our prayers?
- Does God care about the oppressed?
- Does God intervene in tragic situations?
- Is it wrong to complain to God?
Habakkuk reveals the intensity of his distress with the words, “How long? … I call for help…cry out to you.”
More posts will come as we move through this new series.