Habakkuk 1:2a: How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
• How long have you waited on a word from God only to be met with silence?
• How can we learn to wait patiently upon God and trust that he will respond?
This morning, as I find myself searching for answers from God, I turned to the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. I often feel different emotions, as I read Holy Scripture from the prophet Habakkuk. Certainly, I can relate to the prophet’s feeling of frustration, as I also wait on God to provide me with answers to my many questions and concerns. I continue to voice my frustration to God that I have been calling to him and seeking answers, but it seems that God is not listening to what I’m saying. However, I also find hope in the nature and character of God, who promises to be faithful to those who are faithful to him. We will all experience periods of hopelessness and anguish but God’s mercy and love will be made apparent in due time.
Frustration often settles in as I realize that God is working within his own timeframe and not mine. We live in a society where we are accustomed to having answers quickly because of technology and often we expect nothing less from God. We demand that God should reveal his plan to us immediately; we don’t like to be kept waiting on answers, even from God. And also like the prophet Habakkuk, I continue to wait on God for answers to my mounting questions. And I wait, and I wait…..
During my reading of Habakkuk and my quiet time with God this morning, I am reminded that all I can do is to continue on in my life of faith and to trust that God’s way is the right way and the only true way. If I believe that God exists to only provide me with immediate answers to my many questions, then I am guilty of reducing God to some sort of magician that only exists to serve my needs and concerns. God, as the creator and sustainer of life, refuses to allow us to reduce him to our own image of who we want him to be. Our way and our plans are often quite different from God’s will. Habakkuk is certainly frustrated as he awaits a response from God, but he is willing to wait for however long it takes for God to provide him with answers to his concerns.
Habakkuk 3:18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Do you rejoice in God and praise God even on days when you don’t feel particularly joyful? Habakkuk reminds us that we should offer praise and thanks to God in good times and in difficult times. We must find the inner joy that compels us to praise and thank God no matter what our circumstances may be. We must look beyond our current situation in life and have the faith to believe that God is working behind the scenes to lead us into a fuller life that ultimately gives all honor and praise to God our creator. I needed this reminder today as I continue to struggle with and seek to understand God’s call upon my life.