BIBLE READING: Habakkuk 1:1-4; Psalm 22
“O Lord, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear!
even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!” Habakkuk 1:2
As Habakkuk begins his conversation with the Lord, he has a very heavy heart seeing the sin all around and the silence from the Lord. With these verses, we can see the imagery and weight of his heart. This can be compared to the lament often seen throughout the Psalms, especially in Psalm 22. A messianic psalm later quoted by Jesus on the cross. With these quotes, Habakkuk is pointing us to Jesus. As one commentator put it, “Jesus is the true and better Habakkuk. Habakkuk pleaded with the Father over the violence of his own day, Jesus pleaded these words to the Father in the midst of the greatest act of violence committed.” Habakkuk was just a prophet conveying the message God wanted. Jesus was the mediator between God and the people as the answer to the question. Habakkuk is experiencing what we saw as we studied
I Samuel, God’s warning of a king. Habakkuk at this point was so burdened by all that was around him. In our moments of unsurety of what is going on in the world around us, we have to stand strong in God’s Word and trust His character. We often like to interpret situations ourselves, then as our last result turn to God. Through our circumstances, we must first view them through the lenses of God’s Word. We have to remember our lenses are faulty and corrupted, because we are just flesh. But God’s Word, is a lens that is incorrupt and clearer than ours. Therefore, we can trust in the sovereign hand of God when we cannot see.
David Fulp II