from Lynda Lindsey
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and You will not hear? Or cry to You “Violence!” and You will not save? Habakkuk 1:2
You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? Habakkuk 1:13
Look among the nations, and see: wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. Habakkuk 1:5
Habakkuk had questions for his mighty, everlasting, all-powerful, always righteous God, questions God’s people have always asked. How can God see evil and wickedness and do nothing? How long must we cry for God’s help and watch Him stand by idly? Why does God delay; why isn’t His justice swift and immediate? Why, once holy God decides to act, would He use wicked people and nations to discipline His people? Habakkuk presented his questions and stationed himself like a sentry to await God’s reply. God’s response, in modern parlance: “I’ve got this!”
God is in control. There is a just-right appointed time for Him to act and it is hastening on; it will come. God’s appointed time will not, indeed, cannot, be delayed. God’s timing, seemingly slow to us, is His sovereign choice; our responsibility is to patiently and obediently wait, actively watch, and confidently worship Him. God’s righteous ones, those saved by grace through faith, live and walk by faith; we develop endurance as we continually trust God and cling to His promises. While we watch, wait, and worship, God has even prepared beforehand good works for us to do!
In God’s perfect timing and in accordance with His perfect will, God used the ungodly Babylonians to discipline Judah; yet God preserved a remnant through whom Immanuel, God with us, came to save us from our sins. In God’s perfect timing and in accordance with His perfect will, Jesus will come once more. The angels in Edmund Sears’ hymn, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, eloquently declare God’s message of peace on earth, goodwill to men. Wait. Watch. Worship. The just-right appointed time is hastening on. Be ready.
For lo!, the days are hastening on, By prophet bards foretold,
When with the ever-circling years, Comes round the age of gold
When peace shall over all the earth, Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, by Edmund Sears, 1849